In order to fully realise the benefits of open research, we must fundamentally change the way research is assessed. Wellcome is seeking to implement the DORA principles in our own funding processes and support research institutions in changing their own assessment practices.
The retention, promotion, and tenure (RPT) process is a critical part of a faculty member’s career, during which they are ostensibly evaluated on scholarship, teaching, and service. However, a faculty member’s funding and publication track records are typically weighted more heavily as indicators of productivity. As a result, flawed metrics of teaching and service persist.