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How should we rate research?: Counting number of publications may be best research performance measure

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7551.1214-c (Published 18 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1214
  1. Bruce G Charlton (bruce.charlton@ncl.ac.uk), editor in chief, Medical Hypotheses,
  2. Peter Andras, reader in complex systems and computational intelligence
  1. University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU
  2. University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU

    EDITOR—The debate about how to replace the UK research assessment exercise is confused.1 For example, the numbers of publications and citations are research output measures while research council funding and numbers of academic and research staff are input measures.

    Non-transparency and lack of objectivity …

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