PHILADELPHIA and LONDON, April 23 /PRNewswire/ --

- Timely Event Focuses On Increasing Importance of Bibliometric Data in the University Ranking Systems and Proposed Use of Citation Data for the REF

The Scientific business of Thomson Reuters and King's College London today announced they will be hosting Beyond the RAE 2008: Bibliometrics, League Tables and the REF. To be held at King's College London on April 30, 2008, this one-day event will help inform universities about appropriate uses of citation data in research evaluation and provide a forum to discuss and plan for future evaluative activities around the upcoming Research Excellence Framework (REF), the successor to the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

The conference, developed primarily for those preparing their institutions for the REF, will feature speakers from the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFC), The Center for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), Evidence, Ltd. and Thomson Reuters, with an external perspective provided by the Australian Research Evaluation and Policy Project. The speakers will describe best practices in citation analysis and discuss strategies to assist universities in the data collection and evaluation process. In addition, case studies from King's College London, the University of Leicester, and the University of Southampton will describe these institutions' experiences in collecting and managing research output metadata.

"This timely meeting will tackle the increasing importance of bibliometric data in the university ranking systems," said Jim Pringle, vice president of product development for the Scientific business at Thomson Reuters. "With the expertise of King's College London, we are bringing together the top minds in the industry to discuss the appropriate uses of citation data in research evaluation."

"With the advent of the REF, the UK university sector faces the challenge of bibliometrics in addition to the perennial problems of collecting and validating research output data," said Mary Davies, Deputy Director of Information Services and Systems at King's College London. "We are delighted to be hosting this conference, and hope that it will be the first of a series of events providing a forum to discuss best practice in this area."

Attendees will also participate in a survey to determine the key issues they confront and their experiences to date with research evaluation. The results will be presented in the afternoon for candid discussion and planning for future activities in the era of the REF.

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