Based on a paper presented at the 27th UKSG Conference, Manchester, March 2004
The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) has had a huge impact on universities in the UK. Academic staff research output appears to be the key driver in personal and institutional status and survival because significant, and increasingly selective, funding flows from the results of the RAE. This affects funding for the following five to six years and departments and individuals can rise or fall as a result of a good or bad rating. Inevitably this has had a major impact on both the drive to publish and on the quality of publications. This paper will focus on the impact on serial publications, taken from the personal viewpoint of the Chair of the 2001 RAE Panel 61: Library and Information Management. It will look in some detail at how quality has been challenged by the pressure on academics to publish and how this appears to have affected the quality of journal publication. The presenter will explore, in discussion, the implications for serial publication in the future.