Now that the RAE is published, with a further announcement due in March on the actual allocation of money for research, thoughts are turning to the REF. Bournemouth University was one of 22 Universities to take part in the REF Pilot exercise and one of five Case Studies commissioned by JISC to look specifically at the issues of data collection. Bournemouth was chosen because of interest in the development of BURO. Both the REF Pilot website and the REF Home Website have links to key documents and reports.
The REF has been in the news most recently because of the takeover of Evidence by Thomson Reuters, who also own one of the key data sources for analysing the pilot data the WOS ISI Citation Indexes. Evidence is managing the REF pilot on behalf of HEFCE. Questions about a conflict of interest were raised by THES and denied by Evidence. However, Evidence will now only use data from WOS according the the HEFCE website. The other possible data source is Elsevier's SCOPUS.