Category: Miscellaneous

#sfDORA community interview: exploring impact in the Humanities and Social Sciences

DORA community interviews provide an opportunity for supporters to discuss innovation in research assessment and to better understand how to initiate effective change in local communities. This time we are talking with Janet Halliwell about the 2017 report from the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences in Canada that looks at assessing impact in those disciplines.

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Breaking habits: reducing bias in hiring, promotion, and tenure decisions

Researchers should not be evaluated based on factors outside of their control. While hiring, promotion, and tenure decisions in academia are in principle based on the merit of scholarly contributions, implicit biases influence who we hire and who we promote. Even if they are unintentional, biases have consequences.At the AAAS meeting in Washington, DC, this February, we explored approaches to addressing bias and increasing the diversity of the academic workforce in the session, “Academic Research Assessment: Reducing Biases in Evaluation."

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#sfDORA Interviews: Research Assessment and Academia

To mark DORA’s fifth anniversary, we are celebrating with an interview series that focuses on implementing good practices in research assessment. We are pleased to announce our fourth interview is with Prof. Christopher Jackson, Equinor Professor of Basin Analysis, Department of Earth Science & Engineering at Imperial College. He will answer questions about how researchers can help change the culture of research assessment. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the interview.

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#sfDORA Interviews: Research Evaluation and Publishing

In celebration of DORA’s fifth anniversary, we are hosting a four-part interview series that focuses on the implementation of good practices in research assessment. We are pleased to announce our third interview is with Sir Philip Campbell, Editor-in-Chief of Springer Nature. He will answer questions about the role of publishing in research evaluation. There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions.

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Simple Questions, Big Insights: Charité Uses Bio-sketch Questions to Recruit Faculty

Charité asks candidates not just to list their top papers, but also to explain their role in each one, and justify why each constitutes a significant advance to research or clinical practice. This helps committees to see beyond brand name journals, and into the specific skills individuals offer. The portal requires applicants provide a short summary describing how they have pursued the objectives of Open Science including preregistration of studies and publication of negative results. They also outline important collaborative projects, and interactions with stakeholders in industry, patient care, and policy. Questions like these provide insight into individuals’ abilities and personal context, which neither publication lists nor journal impact factors can provide.

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