DORA’s ultimate aim is not to accumulate signatures but to promote real change in research assessment. One of the keys to this is the development of robust and time-efficient ways of evaluating research and researchers that do not rely on journal impact factors. We are keen to gather and share existing examples of good practice in research assessment, including approaches to funding and fellowships, hiring and promotion, and awarding prizes, that emphasize research itself and not where it is published.
If you know of exemplary research assessment methods that could provide inspiration and ideas for research institutes, funders, journals, professional societies, or researchers, please contact DORA.
Assessing Scientists for Hiring, Promotion, and tenure
Six principles for hiring, promotion, and tenure were developed at a one-day workshop in Washington DC in January 2017 to address incentives and rewards in research assessment. These principles were published as part of the perspective piece below.
Center for Open Science
The Center for Open Science has a collection of open science policies at universities and examples of job announcements that mention open science. The Open Science Framework (OSF) also has a project that archives job offers that require or suggest an open science statement from applicants.
The Leiden Manifesto for Research Metrics
The Leiden Manifesto provides ten principles for the appropriate use of metrics in research evaluation. These principles can be used to maintain accountability of both evaluators and the indicators they use in metrics-based research assessment.
Transparency in Author Contributions in Science (TACS)
The National Academy of Sciences in the United States created a webpage to track journals that are engaging in fair authorship practices. The page monitors criteria for authorship, responsibilities of the corresponding author, requirement for ORCID iDs, and adoption of the Contributor Roles Taxonomy (CRediT). A related white paper, which led to the creation of the TACs webpage, provides recommendations for research institutes, funders, and societies to increase transparency in author contributions.