What is DORA?

The Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) recognizes the need to improve the ways in which researchers and the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated.

The idea to write the declaration was developed in 2012 during at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in San Francisco. It has become a worldwide initiative covering all scholarly disciplines and all key stakeholders including funders, publishers, professional societies, institutions, and researchers.

We encourage all individuals and organizations who are interested in developing and promoting best practice in the assessment of researchers and scholarly research to sign DORA.

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The DORA blog

Case Study

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory

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From our Resource Library

The Dutch Research Council (NWO)

Good Practices
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Rethinking Research Assessment: Unintended Cognitive and Systems Biases

Advocacy Resources
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Supporting Organizations




Cancer Research UK



Iowa State University Library

Science Foundation Ireland

University of Calgary

Additional support

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Arcadia is a charitable foundation that works to protect nature, preserve cultural heritage and promote open access to knowledge. Arcadia supports Tools to Advance Research Assessment (TARA), a project to facilitate the development of new policies and practices for academic career assessment.