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HEFCE commissioned Evidence Ltd to work on the Research Excellence Framework bibliometrics pilot exercise. The pilot exercise tested the options for producing bibliometric indicators for the REF and has identified three main models; the outcomes of the analysis of these models will be reported in interim and final reports. This report by Evidence describes their data collection process for the pilot exercise, and the development of the database used by Evidence and HEFCE for subsequent citation analysis.

This detailed technical report both records how the bibliographic database was constructed and identifies the issues that arise when constructing a database of this type involving submissions from multiple HEIs.