This article offers a snapshot of the status of and pressures on the academic author in the UK at the end of the twentieth century. The Research Assessment Exercise of 1996 and the Report of the Inquiry into Higher Education, published in July 1997, has made available new data on both these issues, and it thus seemed an appropriate time to begin to investigate the topics and to attempt to evaluate whether the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) has academic authorship in the UK. The two subjects are closely intertwined since, as will be seen, the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) has intensified the pressure on academic staff in UK higher education institutions to publish - at all costs - but in certain areas and at certain times. It may be that the RAE is also a factor in the slow takeup of electronic journals and online scholarly publishing in the UK.
PEDERSEN, S. 1998. Where, when, why: academic authorship in the UK. Journal of scholarly publishing, 29(3), pages 154-166.