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Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
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U.K. Will Stick With Peer Review, Not Citation Analyses
18 June 2009 12:23 pm
The United Kingdom's controversial plan to substitute citation analysis and other bibliometric data for peer review in its next Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) apparently hasn't survived its own peer-review proccess. Times Higher Education reports that those planning the next RAE, which may take place in 5 or 6 years, now will use bibliometric data only to inform the evaluations of peer-reviewers. Pilot studies apparently didn't generate much confidence in the new approach. "We just don't think bibliometrics are sufficiently mature at this stage to be used in a formulaic way or, indeed, to replace expert review," one RAE official says.