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Quick fixes for research assessment exercise will not work

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 29 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:302
  1. Selwyn St Leger (, consultant in public health medicine
  1. University of Manchester, School of Epidemiology and Health Sciences, Manchester M13 9PT

    EDITOR—Tomlinson challenges those who seek to abandon the research assessment exercise to propose a credible alternative for the accountable allocation of public money.1 Goldbeck-Wood quotes a patients' spokesman, Clive Wilkinson, as saying, “The public understands that research is essential; but it needs to be on their terms—not on the basis of what is comfortable to academics.”2

    The research assessment …

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