This week marks 75 years since the founding of the National Health Service (NHS). The NHS is a cherished institution in the United Kingdom, and is considered by many as the backbone of British society, providing free, universal healthcare to its...
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In the last year there has been a dramatic increase in industrial action across Europe. In the UK alone, nurses, teachers, barristers, postal workers, railway workers, university staff, junior doctors and members of the civil service have all gone...
International Women’s Day is observed every year on March 8th. The day is meant to mark the achievements of women, but also to highlight the need to advocate for women’s rights and for further progress in the struggle for gender equality. An...
Policy impact is one of the most ‘efficient’ routes to REF stars - a fact which has not gone unnoticed by the Higher Education sector in the UK. In this blog, Overton reflects on the previous REF exercises, the challenges that persist and what the...
For the past few months, I have been working with the Overton team to understand the makeup of materials indexed in the Overton database and the nature in which they cite academic literature. I’m pleased to announce that the results of this analysis...
Think tanks play an influential role in the policymaking process in the UK and their research and recommendations are often picked up by government policymakers. Using Overton’s database of policy documents, we wanted to see which think tanks...
The short answer: yes - everywhere from clinical guidelines to food and drug safety reports to Interpol bulletins.
Predatory publishers are a growing phenomenon in academia and there is concern that their publications are being used in policymaking....
Where in the UK is academic engagement with policy coming from?
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