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We have published 'Good Practice in Submitting Software Outputs for REF 2021'. This was developed in consultation with Research Excellence Framework (REF) sub-panel 11 and has been approved by all other panels, so it can be used by the whole research community.
By Yo Yehudi, Mateusz Kuzak, and Emmy Tsang. Research software engineers are evaluated like other researchers, largely based on the numbers of publications and citations. However, metrics based on the number of publications encourage re-creating ‘new’ things or re-implementations instead of reuse, and there are huge variations in existing practices to cite software, meaning software isn't always cited or citations aren’t always captured. 

By Simon Hettrick, Deputy Director, Software Sustainability Institute

A version of this blog post was originally published on Research Professional News

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By Simon Hettrick, Deputy Director.

By Martin Donnelly, Research Data Support Manager at University of Edinburgh, and Software Sustainability Institute Fellow. Reproducibility and integrity rank highly among the justifications for the ever-increasing attention to the mindful management and preservation of research data and software that we have seen in the last decade. These issues are often at the front of my mind in my day job managing my institution’s Research Data Support function, so I was naturally very happy to get the opportunity to travel to London in October to attend the most recent Westminster Higher Education Forum…
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