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    Citations and the attention loop

    August 30, 2016

    The measurement of article citations is becoming increasingly prevalent in research policy circles. While the attractions of quantitative measures of researc...

    Website update

    August 25, 2016

    In the last few days I have made some changes to this website. As well as a different look to the site, there are also some significant changes behind the sc...

March 2016


December 2015

November 2015

July 2015

    Dimensions of quality research

    July 27, 2015

    To say that the assessment of research quality keeps me awake at night would be an exaggeration. But a lot of my waking hours are taken up thinking about and...

    Evidencing the REF

    July 8, 2015

    I am speaking at a conference next week, Research Impact: Evidencing the REF, and in advance wrote a blog post the Open Forum Events website, which was also ...

February 2015

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December 2014

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August 2014

    On commonplace books

    August 26, 2014

    If you are looking to kill some time try Googling ‘commonplace book’. You will find an endless stream of fascinating material, both examples of commonplace b...

May 2014

March 2014

January 2014


December 2013

    Open data reflections

    December 5, 2013

    I am spending a lot of time thinking and reading about open research data at the moment, in preparation for some policy development work in the New Year. I a...

November 2013

August 2013

    On impact

    August 7, 2013

    Innovation is a complex business, but Seth Godin has some thought-provoking words in his post today:


    August 2, 2013

    It’s been a tough year for Great Spotted Woodpeckers. I know this because I was lucky enough to speak recently to a former work colleague who now publishes a...

    Open data: technology and culture

    August 1, 2013

    Last week I attended an informal dinner at Royal Society of Chemistry to discuss their plans for enabling better data management and sharing in the chemical ...

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

    Measured excellence in research

    April 28, 2013

    One of the comments on my piece last week on the Guardian science policy blog questioned my assertion that the UK research base is ‘in good shape’. The comme...

    Spin out numbers

    April 22, 2013

    Sir Mark Walport, the new Government Chief Scientific Adviser, made his inaugural speech last week at the Centre for Science and Policy annual conference. On...

    On (not) writing

    April 21, 2013

    It’s been quiet here for a while. It could be that I have been busy. I am about to transition into a new work role, so the last few weeks I have been finishi...

February 2013

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    Measuring innovation

    January 6, 2010

    The measurement of innovation is a difficult and challenging task, but having reliable metrics of innovation is important for research and innovation policy....

    Emerging technology debates

    January 4, 2010

    What are the new technologies that are going to shape the coming decade? This is a question addressed by Andrew Maynard in a recent post on 2020Science. In m...


October 2009

September 2009

    Science inspirations

    September 6, 2009

    Why did you become a scientist? I am sure most scientists have been asked this at some point, and with the drive to maintain and increase the number of youn...

July 2009

May 2009

    Making a date with science

    May 27, 2009

    Science communication is all about explaining science, and how scientists work, to audiences that wouldn’t normally be drawn to the subject. But all too ofte...

March 2009

February 2009

    Scientific authoritarianism

    February 16, 2009

    There is an interesting post on the subject of ‘scientific authoritarianism’ on the Prometheus science policy blog. The post is based on a recent article in ...

    A Nobel effort?

    February 13, 2009

    So the changes to Research Council grant application forms made it the front page of THE magazine (and features in a leader article). Or at least the reactio...

January 2009


October 2008

    Future challenge

    October 28, 2008

    One of the biggest challenges in developing research policy is developing a meaningful sense of future research needs to allow appropriate planning. I have s...

    Innovation planet

    October 24, 2008

    This week’s Nature has an interesting essay by David Edgerton as part of their series on innovation (unfortunately you need a subscription to access the full...


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