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HEFCE has conducted a pilot exercise to inform the use of bibliometric indicators in the Research Excellence Framework (REF). We commissioned Technopolis to identify and disseminate the key lessons learned by higher education institutions participating in this pilot. Technopolis consulted pilot institutions in two stages; the first at the end of the data collection and verification process, reported previously in 'Identification and dissemination of lessons learned by institutions participating in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) bibliometrics pilot: Results of the Round One consultation'.

This second report focuses on subsequent feedback gathered after pilot institutions had had a chance to evaluate the pilot outcomes. The report focuses on the accuracy of the results and the likely implications for institutions of the bibliometrics models tested through the pilot.

Both reports have informed our proposals on the use of citation information in the REF, details of which can be found in the forthcoming consultation.