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At a briefing on the Queen’s Lawn at Imperial College HEFCE announced the interim results of the pilot REF process which 22 institutions (not us) have been involved in. It seems that HEFCE have now decided that expert panels will continue to be the main way in which block research funding will be allocated, though citation counts may still be used by these peer review panels to help assess quality – particularly in STEM subjects.  It is possible that bibliometric data will be used by the panels to help assess each paper submitted. Dr Graeme Rosenberg of HEFCE indicate that citation data from both Web of Science and Scopus will be used – and it is likely that HEFCE will help make WOS and Scopus more widely available to institutions.

The next assessment period will cover 2008-2012 and may require researchers to submit their best 3 papers for assessment. The figure of 3 is not finalised and a final report will be available at the end of the summer. More on the REF on the HEFCE website and in the Times Higher

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Last week the Graduate School held a poster competition for postgraduate researchers to present their research to a non-specialist audience. There were entries from all three Faculties, with participants representing 18 different Departments. However the following members of the Science Faculty deserve special mention.

So, congratulations to Lisa Kelly (Human Sciences) for her poster on thermal comfort on train journeys and to
Christine Parkes (School of Mathematics) for her poster on Does the head rule the healthy heart? Lisa and Christine were among the 5 runners up.

More impressively, three of the five finalists represented the Science Faculty. They are:

  • Daniel Elford (Physics) for his poster on Fighting Noise Tsunami and Earthquakes
  • Ashleigh Filtness (Human Sciences) for her poster on Sleep restriction increases driving risk in treated obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) patients
  • Samuel King (School of Mathematics) for his poster on Students’ views on the use of voting systems at Loughborough University.

The finalists will represent Loughborough University at the Vitae Midland Hub Poster Competition in July. We wish them well.

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In our regular review of the Insitutional Repository, the pages with the most visits in March amongst the Science Faculty authors are:

Who will be in the top 3 for April? Don’t forget to add our RSS feed to your reader to find out!

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In our regular review of the Insitutional Repository, the pages with the most visits in February amongst the Science Faculty authors are:

Who will be in the top 3 for March? Don’t forget to add our RSS feed to your reader to find out!

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 I tried out the TicTocs Journal Table of Contents service this morning. Wow. You can search 12,000 journals from 430 publishers and, faster than you can say Gail Trimble, Corpus Christi you have the TOCs matching your search terms.  It’s even faster to load relevant references into RefWorks.  You can retrieve the full text where we have a subscription and you can also import RSS feeds into your favourite feed reader such as Google Reader or BlogLines. Access is from www.tictocs.ac.uk. It is a free service but registering enables you to store your newsfeeds.

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In our regular review of the Insitutional Repository, the pages with the most visits in January amongst the Science Faculty authors are:

1. Michael Norris et al.
2. Ray Dawson et al.
3. Lili Yang et al.

Who will be in the top 3 for February? Don’t forget to add our RSS feed to your reader to find out!

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Cath O’Driscoll writing in the Chemistry & Industry magazine has produced a pick of the chemical science stories for 2008. These include the potential for a Harry Potter-style invisibility cloak and the finding of iron-based superconductors. For more top stories of 2008 see the 12 January issue of the magazine.

Aside from chemical science, what research stands out for you?

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