Publish and perish

Michael Gruneberg discusses some negative influences of the Research Assessment Exercise.
MANY people, including myself, will have read with considerable pleasure the ‘Personal space’ by Alan Baddeley on the adverse influence of the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) on publication patterns of UK academics (The Psychologist, June 1998). In particular, he points to the pressure to publish in high-level American journals rather than in British or European outlets. However, in some respects Baddeley does not go far enough in his criticism of these RAE influences. On the other hand, the pressure to publish in American journals, as Baddeley notes, is not only because of the RAE; this needs more teasing out.

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