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Impact and news stories about our group-sizes, critical mass, scientometrics and normalising assessment scores

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  Feb. 2017 CW New algorithm hopes to counter potential bias on funding panels The Times Higher Education reports on our paper where we address the thorny issue of varying referee standards at REF, TEF and all sorts of assessment performed by panels.  
  July 2015 THE Metrics: how to handle them responsibly: My comments appear in an article about REF by Paul Jump in Times Higher Education. THE publishes 28,000 copies per issue, has 60,000 readers per week and THE online registers over 650,000 users globally each month.  
  July2015 CW The Metrics Tide: Correlation analysis of REF2014 Scores and Metrics : Our work impacts on important HEFCE review on role of metrics. This Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management was set up in April 2014 and, over 15 months, investigated the current and potential future roles that quantitative indicators can play in the assessment and management of research. The final report concludes that metrics cannot replace the peer review process in the next REF and that it is not currently feasible to assess research outputs or impacts in the REF using quantitative indicators alone. This is precisely in line with our scientometrics research which the Report cited extensively.  
  June 2015 THE Can the research excellence framework run on metrics?: Invited comments appear in an article about REF by Paul Jump in Times Higher Education (18 June 2015). THE publishes 28,000 copies per issue, has 60,000 readers per week and THE online registers over 650,000 users globally each month.  
  April 2015 CW Metrics failed to predict REF outcomes Report about our work in an article by Maria Burke in Chemistry World (02 April 2015). The Royal Society of Chemistry is the world’s oldest chemical society and the largest in Europe (50,000 members). Chemistry World, sent monthly to all members of the Society throughout the world, is Europe’s largest chemistry magazine.  
  March 2015 THE Time spent assessing research impact was worthwhile: Invited comments appear in an article about REF by Maria Burke in Chemistry World (30 March 2015). The Royal Society of Chemistry is the world’s oldest chemical society and the largest in Europe (50,000 members). Chemistry World, sent monthly to all members of the Society throughout the world, is Europe’s largest chemistry magazine.  
  February 2015 THE Hit and miss metrics: ‘Throw of dice would give more accurate REF prediction’: Article in Times Higher Education about our work (THE, number 2115, 12-18 February 2015, page 6). THE publishes 28,000 copies per issue, has 60,000 readers per week and THE online registers over 650,000 users globally each month.  
  January 2015 THE EPL Most Read: Our paper Is your EPL attractive? Classification of publications through download statistics is the most downloaded on Europe's flagship physics journal over the past 30 days. The paper had 248 downloads to this point which was well under 30 days. (Another paper of ours was in position 2!)  
  December 2014 THE Letters: Mention in letter by Robert Barton to Times higher Education (19 December 2014). THE publishes 28,000 copies per issue, has 60,000 readers per week and THE online registers over 650,000 users globally each month.  
  December 2014 THE Research excellence framework 2014: the postmortem – live chat: online debate about REF hosted by the Guardian newspaper (19 December 2014). Invited to participate in an online post-REF debate hosted by Claire Shaw at the Guardian.  
  December 2014 THE Predicting the results of the REF using departmental h-index: A look at biology, chemistry, physics, and sociology.: Invited LSE blog LSE blogs get over 20,000 views per week and have a very active social media presence to assist with sharing pieces, particularly amongst academics and higher education administrators.  
  December 2014 THE Can research quality be predicted by metrics?: Article aboutour work by Maria Burke in Chemistry World (15 December 2014). The Royal Society of Chemistry is the world’s oldest chemical society and the largest in Europe (50,000 members). Chemistry World, sent monthly to all members of the Society throughout the world, is Europe’s largest chemistry magazine.  
  November 2014 THE The (predicted) results for the 2014 REF are in: Article in Times Higher Education about our work. THE publishes 28,000 copies per issue, has 60,000 readers per week and THE online registers over 650,000 users globally each month.  
  July 2013 THE REF alternative cited: Article in Times Higher Education about our work (THE, number 2110, 18-24 July 2013, page 13). THE publishes 28,000 copies per issue, has 60,000 readers per week and THE online registers over 650,000 users globally each month.  
  July 2013 THE Skip the REF and count the notes?: Article in Times Higher Education about our work (THE, number 2110, 18-24 July 2013, page 13). THE publishes 28,000 copies per issue, has 60,000 readers per week and THE online registers over 650,000 users globally each month.  
  March 2013 THE Presentation. At their Investor Day in 2013, Scott Stephenson, president and Chief Executive Officer of Verisk Analytics, used our work in a presentation on “Operating Strategy and Innovation” showing that excellence is achievable at modest scale. Verisk Analytics is a leading source of information about risk, offering risk-assessment services and decision analytics to professionals in many fields (6,000+ employees including 500 with advanced degrees, 200+ actuaries with $1.5billion in revenue in 2012).  
  2012 THE Jewels in the Crown: the Importance and Characteristics of the UK's World-Class Universities, Russell Group Papers, Issue 4, 2012. Here the Russell Group seek to re-define critical mass as "when a high concentration of talent exhibits this multidisciplinary scope, domestic and international reach". "This definition ... goes far beyond just looking at the size of a research group or unit, but encompasses dimensions of multidisciplinarity and the ability to attract and work with the most talented researchers, both domestically and internationally."  
  December 2012 THE Statistics of statisticians - Critical masses for research groups: Article in Significance, the bimonthly magazine of the Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical Association Significance has a circulation of 28,000.  
  July 2012 THE What's in Good, Report written by Ethel Méndez, evaluation Unit, International Development Research Centre. The Canadian IDRC supports research in developing countries to achieve self-reliance, grow more and healthier food, protect health and create jobs.  
  June 2012 THE Our OECD Higher Education Management and Policy abstract in Spanish. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an economic organisation of 34 countries founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade. The Economist describes it as "an intergovernmental think-tank".  
  March 2012 THE Report on our OECD HEMP paper from NPH - The Norwegian Network for Private Higher Education Institutions. NPH advocates on issues concerning higher education and research policy to the Norwegian parliament and government.  
  February 2012 THE Smaller universities often produce better research: Article in University Business about our research on critical mass and its implications for policy and management University Business is read by senior management across 165 Universities and over 350 HE and FE colleges throughout the UK. It has a circulation of 6,000 and a readership of 8,500.  
  February 2012 THE Do too many researchers spoil the outcome?: Article in Times Higher Education about our research on critical mass and its implications for policy and management THE publishes 28,000 copies per issue, has 60,000 readers per week and THE online registers over 650,000 users globally each month.  
  December 2011 Reflets de la Physique, the magazine of the (French Physics Society) published an article on our work (No 27 pp. 21-23). This is the magazine of the French Physics Society, of which 4,000 copies per issue are distributed.  
  December 2011 THE Our work is used in Physics World's Quiz of the Year. Physics World has a circulation of 35,000 and a readership of 110,000.  
  November 2011 THE Two's company - how scale affects research groups: Research Trends magazine report on our work in issue 25. Research Trends is a quarterly magazine providing objective, up-to-the-minute insights into scientific trends based on bibliometric analysis.  
  November 2011 THE Research report commissioned by the Association of Swedish Higher Education (SUHF) Experts Committee on Quality The Association of Swedish Higher Education was founded in 1995 as an organisation for institutional cooperation on a voluntary basis. 37 universities and university colleges in Sweden are members.  
  September 2011 THE Our work influrences Review of the Greek research and development system (in Greek and English) The research described in this report was prepared for the Greek Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs.  
  July 2011 THE Editorial by Sir John Enderby in the Journal of the Foundation for Science and Technology cites our work (see page 4). The FST is a UK forum for discussing policy issues that have a science, engineering or technology element. It is based in Carlton House Terrace, London, alongside the Royal Society and British Academy.  
  July 2011 THE Funding Research Excellence: Report by University Alliance (shows ‘size doesn’t matter’ when it comes to research excellence). University Alliance brings together leading global universities for science, technology, design and the professions to tackle the big issues facing universities, people and the economy.  
  June 2011 THE Article about our work in Physics World (see also below) Physics World has a circulation of 35,000 and a readership of 110,000.  
  June 2011 THE Article in Mathematics Today, the magazine of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications Mathematics Today has a bimonthly readership of 4,500 professional mathematicians.  
  June 2011 THE Article by Sauvons l Universite, France Sauvons l’Universite (formerly Sauvons la Recherche) is a French association working to defend values and research funding in the French university system, to promote collegial work and to campaign for reforms in the HE sector.  
  June 2011 THE Article in Fermilab Today Newsletter, USA Fermilab is America's particle physics and accelerator laboratory.  
  May 2011 THE Our paper "The extensive nature of group quality" is selected for the "Best of 2010" by Europhysics Letters. Europhysics Letters is the flagship journal of the European Physical Society.  
  May 2011 THE Article in Research Intelligence commisioned by the British Educational Research Association The British Educational Research Association (BERA) is a member-led charity that exists to encourage educational research and its application for the improvement of practice and public benefit.  
  May 2011 THE Research that Matters An evaluation of university research funding in the UK by Million+ launched at House of Commons million+ is a university think-tank They use research and evidence-based policy to provide solutions to complex problems in higher education. They publish research reports and policy papers and submit evidence to parliamentarians, government and other agencies.  
  March 2011 THE Report of policy dialogue workshops for ERA-PRISM: Policies for Research and Innovation in Small Member States to Advance the European Research Area ERA Prism is an FP7 project based upon the observation that there are scale effects in research and innovation (and in the systems which support them) and hence that the needs of small European countries are not best served by a one-size-fits-all approach or by benchmarking with much larger economies.  
  March 2011 THE Submission to the House of Commons Science & Technology Committee on Peer Review The Science and Technology Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Government Office for Science and associated public bodies.  
  2010 THE The use of metrics in evaluating research, Proceedings of the International Congress of Mathematicians, Hyderabad 2010, Volume 1 Plenary Lectures and Ceremonies, Ed. Rajendra Bhatia. See section called Round Table: The Use of Metrics in Evaluating Research - page 742 (by J.M. Ball, Oxford). Panel included Doug Arnold (President of SIAM), Malcolm MacCallum (Director of the Heilbronn Institute), José Antonio de Pena, Director of the Mathematical Institute at the National university of Mexico and former President of UMALCA (Mathematical Union of Latin America and the Caribbean) and Frank Pacard (Scientific Advisor of Mathematics in the French Ministry of higher Education and Research).  
  November 2010 THE Report on the Ukrainian Science Association webpage The Ukrainian Science Association is organized to promote education and science reform in Ukraine, which conducts independent analytical research and monitoring of education, science and technology developments in Ukraine and worldwide.  
  October 2010 THE Article about our work in Europhysics News (Vol.41, No.5, 2010, page 15). Europhysics News is the magazine of the European physics community, owned by the European Physical Society. It is distributed to all Individual Members and many institutional subscribers. The total circulation is currently about 25,000 copies per issue.  
  Oct 2010 THE Report in the New Zealand Herald The New Zealand Herald has a circulation of 162,181 and a readership of 583,000.  
  Oct 2010 THE Highlight in EPL's Highlights from previous volumes EPL is Europe’s flagship physics journal.  
  July 2010 THE Article in 123 News, France  
  July 2010 THE Comment on Physics Today's Facebook site Physics Today, the flagship publication of the American Institute of Physics (AIP).  
  July 2010 THE Press release from University Alliance responding to our work on critical mass in research. University Alliance is a grouping of British new universities which was formed in 2006, adopting the name in 2007. It covers over 22% of all UK students  
  July 2010 THE Two reports (here and here) in Research Fortnight magazine in July 2010 highlighting our work (requires subscription to view).  
  July 2010 THE Research funding most effective when targeted medium-sized research groups: Article in University Business magazine about our work University Business is read by senior management across 165 Universities and over 350 HE and FE colleges throughout the UK. It has a circulation of 6,000 and a readership of 8,500.  
  July 2010 THE Truth in numbers: study pinpoints 'critical mass' for research success: Article in Times Higher Education about our research on the relationship between quality and quantity THE publishes 28,000 copies per issue, has 60,000 readers per week and THE online registers over 650,000 users globally each month.  
 
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Is Bigger Better? Brad Bunn's blog - A reflection of ministry's highs and lows and everything else in between.
Econometrics Beat: Dave Giles' Blog - article called "How Many Econometricians Does it Take?"(Jan 2013)
Semciência (Blog from Brazil): "A màssa crítica para grupos de pesquisa" = Critical mass for research groups (May 2013)
Performance of a group solving a cognitive task: How does it scale?, Cognitive Sciences Stack Exchange - a question and answer site for practitioners, researchers, and students in cognitive science, psychology, neuroscience, and psychiatry.
Zanimljiva Fizika (= Interesting Physics in Bosnian): Article in Bosnian titled Magični Brojevi" (Magic Numbers)"(2013)
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Paper: Are Kenna and Berche unfair to Pure Mathematics? Let's look at the data."(April 2013)
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