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Friday, November 07, 2008

WaS (Not Wos)

WoS An article in THE questions the accuracy of the the Web of Science (WoS) database, which is now set to help determine the allocation of more than £1 billion a year in research funding after this year's disastrous research assessment exercise.

Speaking from personal experience, we've had nothing but trouble with WoS for years after trying to use it on our first year key skills module. If there was an alternative science citation database, I'd drop WoS instantly.

And now WoS is going to play a big part in the replacement for the fatally-damaged RAE. Do Hefce never learn?