We revisit our recent study [Predicting results of the Research Excellence Framework using departmental h-index, Scientometrics, 2014, 102:2165–2180; arXiv:1411.1996] in which we attempted to predict outcomes of the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) using the so-called departmental h-index. Here we report that our predictions failed to anticipate with any accuracy either overall REF outcomes or movements of individual institutions in the rankings relative to their positions in the previous Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008).
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Mryglod, O., Kenna, R., Holovatch, Y., & Berche, B. (2014). Predicting results of the research excellence framework using departmental h-index. Scientometrics 102:2165–2180. arXiv:1411.1996.
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This work was supported by the 7th FP, IRSES Project No. 269139 “Dynamics and cooperative phenomena in complex physical and biological environments”, IRSES Project No. 295302 “Statistical physics in diverse realizations” and IRSES Project No. 612707 “Dynamics of and in Complex Systems”.
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Mryglod, O., Kenna, R., Holovatch, Y. et al. Predicting results of the research excellence framework using departmental h-index: revisited. Scientometrics 104, 1013–1017 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-015-1567-9
- Peer review
- Hirsch index
- Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)
- Research Excellence Framework (REF)