DORA Newsletter Feb. 2021

Joint report and upcoming webinar on institutional change for academic career assessment
DORA, in collaboration with the European University Association (EUA) and SPARC Europe, is pleased to announce a new report to complement our online repository of case studies. The report examines institutional change for academic career assessment and summarizes key findings from the case studies.

We are pleased to invite you to join us for a joint webinar on Thursday, 25 February 2021, where the main results from the report will be presented, and we will have a panel discussion on what can be learned from the experience of the universities and national consortia that have developed and implemented more responsible academic career assessment approaches.

When: Thursday, 25 February 2021, 14:00 to 15:30 CET

Updates on DORA’s funder discussion series 
DORA organizes a quarterly virtual meeting for funders of research – public and private – to increase communication about new research assessment policies and practice. If you are a research funder interested in updates on research assessment policies and practices, please reach out to me ( The next Asia-Pacific funder meeting will take place on Tuesday, 9 March 2021 at 9:00 AM EAST. Annalisa Montesanti of the Health Research Board Ireland will present at the meeting for the Americas, Africa, and Europe that will be held on Tuesday, 16 March 2021 at 11:00 AM -12:00 PM EST.

New blog posts: Language diversity in scholarly communication
“If the global academic community seeks to create a research system that is equitable, inclusive, and produces the best quality scholarship possible, it would be wise to address the global community’s concerns and to support multilingualism in scholarly communication.” In a new 2-part series, Helen Sitar recaps DORA’s August webinar on recognizing multilingual outputs in academic assessment (part 1) and gathers a list of initiatives and resources on multilingualism in scholarly communication and efforts to support bibliodiversity (part 2).

2020 in review: DORA’s list of new developments in research assessment
In case you missed it, DORA published our annual list of new developments in research and researcher assessment from 2020 that examines progress and highlights essential readings. Throughout the year, DORA documents new resources in research assessment in our library. If you know of any we should consider, please let me know.

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