Output – CURVE – Final Report: Identifiers and access

Title: JISC Final Report – CURVE

Page: 7

Summary of contents:
“An unexpected problem discovered during the RAE and after the submission date was the use of Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) to reference published research outputs. Some academic staff were not aware of there existence or intended use. Whenever a DOI was submitted it had to be checked immediately since experience showed that a high portion of references were wrong, inaccessible or incomplete. Despite assurances from the RAE organisers that they had arrangements in place to access all published outputs with a DOI, from about March 2008 onwards CURVE staff were regularly contacted by them to obtain electronic copies as they had been unable to access the output. In many cases a correct DOI had been given and it could be accessed from the University because the library had a subscription to the journal. In other cases the electronic copy of the output had to be resent again, highlighting the need to store all output in a repository.”

The project also records concern that the availabilty of (at least) two electronic versions (publisher’s and repository’s may dilute any impact factor in future metrics-based Research Assessment)

Good example of a problem that repositories can help overcome by providing a single point of reference for institutional outputs (though questions about versions may exist). Also a useful pointer to the problems which authenticated/ restricted access sources may cause for future metrics-based research assessment.

Date Released: August 2008

URI for Output: http://cuba.coventry.ac.uk/curve/files/2008/10/curve_final_report.doc

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