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UCL and the numbers game

Steering a university’s research strategy must sometimes feel like riding two horses at once. Just ask David Price, University College London’s vice-provost for research.

On Tuesday 4 December, David Price and his colleague Paul Ayris, director of University College London’s library services, were gamely fronting the launch of a year-long process ending in a university-wide policy on how UCL will promote more responsibility in metrics. We can all agree that this is a much-needed and laudable initiative.

But a week before, on Wednesday 28 November, Price was also celebrating the 41 UCL staff named in Clarivate Analytics’ annual list of researchers with “global influence”, measured according to their citations. A UCL press release teased its audience with the news that Imperial had only 29 staff in the list.  

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