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UCL Bibliometrics Town Hall

By ucyldva, on 26 November 2018

Developing a policy for metrics at UCL

UCL has been developing a set of principles on the responsible use of bibliometrics and other ways to measure research. This builds on UCL’s signing of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment in 2015; responsible evaluation practices in the 2017 UCL Academic Careers Framework; and UCL’s commitment to Open Science.

This Town Hall meeting and panel discussion aims to get feedback on the proposed principles, which we are planning to develop into a formal policy in the coming year, and to discuss the issues surrounding the use of quantitative research metrics.

The meeting will be followed by a public survey on the use of metrics and the proposed principles, to gather additional feedback from those unable to attend.

Registration for the event (via Eventbrite)


Introduction – Professor David Price, Vice-Provost (Research)

Responsible metrics in practice – Dr. Elizabeth Gadd, Loughborough University

Overview of the new principles – Dr. Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice-Provost (UCL Libraries)

Panel discussion and public questions

Publications accepted from 1 April 2016? Deposit within 3 months to comply with the REF policy

By ucylmfe, on 17 March 2016

To be eligible for submission to the next REF, publications accepted from 1 April 2016 must have been deposited in an open access repository.

It is best practice to deposit in UCL Discovery as soon as your work (journal articles, conference proceedings, books and book chapters) is accepted for publication. Outputs not deposited within 3 months of publication cannot be submitted to the REF.OAlogo

Find more information and help (including funding for Gold Open Access).


What is a Data Access Statement and do I need one in my publication?

By ucylmfe, on 22 September 2015

Some research funders such as the EPSRC require you to include Data Access Statements in your pending publications. The RCUK Policy on Open Access also states that

“All papers must include details of the funding that supported the research and, if applicable, a statement on how the underlying research materials – such as data, samples or models – can be accessed.”


I am about to publish my article, where can I deposit my data?

By ucylmfe, on 21 September 2015

Some research funders such as the EPSRC require you to make openly available (where appropriate) datasets supporting your pending publications.

UCL Discovery is a repository that can be used to make publicly accessible such small datasets underpinning your publications. It is free of charge for UCL researchers.