The Corona-Eye: Exploring how COVID-19 affects deliberative and mediation measures in the REF2021 peer review of Impact

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Description: This project explores how peer review committees might sensitively account for the disruption to 'normal' research trajectory due to COVID-19. It uses the REF2021assessment of impact as an example, but it applicable for all peer review sites of assessment that will need to mediate the effects of, and navigate new working arrangements as a consequence of the COVID-19 crisis.


This paper assesses the risk of two COVID-19 related changes necessary for the expert-review of the REF2021’s Impact criterion: the move from F2F to virtual deliberation; and the changing research landscape caused by the COVID-19 crisis requiring an extension of deadlines, and accommodation of COVID-19 related mitigation. Peer review in its basic form requires expert debate, where dissenting opini...


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