The Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) recognizes the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated. The declaration was developed in 2012 during 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 scholarly research to sign DORA.
To call attention to new tools and processes in research assessment and the responsible use of metrics that align with core academic values and promote consistency and transparency in decision-making
To aid development of new policies and practices for hiring, promotion, and funding decisions
To spread research assessment reform broadly by working across scholarly disciplines and globally
To call for broader representation of researchers in the design of research assessment practices that directly address the structural inequalities in academia
We publish blogs, organize community interviews, and give presentations on research assessment.
We curate collections of good practices, create slide presentations to help individuals initiate local conversations about change, and publish commentaries to provide additional guidance for stakeholders.
We work with other organizations that share our desire to reform research assessment. For example, we have partnered with the Royal Society of the United Kingdom to collect feedback on the Résumé for Researchers and co-sponsored a meeting on research assessment with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
We advise academic institutions and funders seeking to review and revise their research assessment policies and practices.
We gather diverse stakeholders at conference sessions, workshops, and meetings to work towards systems change.
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Jasper Rine, University of California
Iowa State University Library
The Dutch Research Council (NWO)
Stephen Curry, Chair
Imperial College London
Swiss National Science Foundation
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
National Autonomous University of Mexico
The Company of Biologists
Cancer Research UK
American Society for Cell Biology
Ginny Barbour, Chair
Queensland University of Technology
José Pío Beltrán
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in València
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Toronto Scarborough
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Universidad de Chile
The University of Tokyo
National Library of Finland
Chinese Academy of Sciences
National Centre for Biological Science (TIFR)
University of Capetown
Open Access Nigeria
El Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO)
Universidad de la República
Makerere University School of Public Health
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