HEFCE, the Higher Education Funding Council for England, has published a report “Publication patterns in research underpinning impact in REF2014”, comprising an analysis of all of the research publication outputs submitted for research assessment between 1988 and 2014. From the references included in the REF 2014 impact case studies, around 42% of those had been submitted as indicators of academic research quality to previous research assessment processes. Of the report fidndings, HEFCE says:
“This suggests that research of scholarly significance leads to societal impact, but also emphasises the broad base of research from which impact stems.”
The analysis was commissioned by HEFCE and undertaken by Digital Science.