Publication & dissemination behaviour of researchers & the influence of research assessment

The Research Information Network (RIN) has commissioned a study on the publication, dissemination and citation behaviour of research active staff in UK Higher Education and the influence of research assessment.

Researchers are being asked to help by completing a short questionnaire on their publication, dissemination and citation practice.

All valid returns made before the closing date will be eligible for a prize draw for £100 of Amazon vouchers.

The broad aim of the study is to investigate:

  • The motivations, incentives and constraints that lead researchers in the UK in different subjects and disciplines to publish and disseminate their work in different ways;
  • How and why researchers cite other researchers' work;
  • In particular, how researchers' decisions on publication and citation are influenced (or not) by considerations arising from research assessment.

The study will seek to establish an independent and authoritative base of evidence as to how research assessment influences researchers' behaviour in these areas.

These issues are of particular importance in the context of using bibliometrics as part of the research assessment process. The study will also form the baseline for future studies to be carried out at appropriate intervals.

The survey can be accessed at

The closing date is 6 May 2009.

LISU (based at Loughborough University Department of Information Science) and the Centre for Research in Library and Information Management (CERLIM) at Manchester Metropolitan University will undertake the study.

Further information can be found on the project web pages.

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