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U.K. Will Stick With Peer Review, Not Citation Analyses

The United Kingdom's controversial plan to substitute citation analysis and other bibliometric data for peer review in its next Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) apparently hasn't survived its own peer-review proccess. Times Higher Education reports that those planning the next RAE, which may take place in 5 or 6 years, now will use bibliometric data only to inform the evaluations of peer-reviewers. Pilot studies apparently didn't generate much confidence in the new approach. "We just don't think bibliometrics are sufficiently mature at this stage to be used in a formulaic way or, indeed, to replace expert review," one RAE official says.