The effects of the research excellence framework research impact agenda on early- and mid-career researchers in library and information science.
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MARCELLA, R., LOCKERBIE, H., BLOICE, L., HOOD, C. and BARTON, F. 2017. The effects of the research excellence framework research impact agenda on early- and mid-career researchers in library and information science. Journal of information science [online], OnlineFirst. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1177/0165551517724685
Early- and mid-career researchers will shape the future of library and information science (LIS) research and it is crucial they be well placed to engage with the research impact agenda. Their understanding of research impact may influence their capacity to be returned to research excellence framework (REF), the UK's research quality assessment tool, as well as their ability to access research funding. This article reports the findings of a qualitative study exploring how the research impact agenda is influencing early- and mid-career researcher behaviour. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 14 early- and mid-career researchers. While enthusiastic about creating lasting impact, participants lack effective institutional support to maximise their own research impact. Participants demonstrate uncertainty about what REF impact is. The authors conclude that while there is evidence LIS academics engage with practice to maximise impact, they lack support in building impact and the discipline needs to do more to create opportunities for the academy and the profession to coalesce to identify objects for and deliver impactful research.
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