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A collection of materials to facilitate the development of responsible research and researcher assessment policies and practices.

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For: Journals and publishersResearch institutes
Preprints are an essential tool for accelerating scientific discovery as they provide early and free access to new findings. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the usage of preprints have surged on a worldwide level and its availability allows discussion and assessment to be carried over to a wider community. However public participation is very low and…
Journal articles
DORA-produced
For: Journals and publishers
Editorial decisions influence research assessment. This article provides 10 concrete recommendations that journals and publishers can take to help improve how research is assessed.
Position papers
For: FundersJournals and publishersResearch institutes
This is the 2020 final report from the European Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP) that provides an update on the adoption of their Open Science recommendations (OSPP-REC, 2017) and their transformation on PCIs (Practical Commitments for Implementation). The OSPP is an advisory group established by the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission…
Tools
For: FundersJournals and publishersResearch institutes
The Research Quality Committee at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) has developed a new tool to assess and improve scientific research quality and reproducibility: Quality Output Checklist and Content Assessment (QuOCCA) The QuOCCA was designed after extensive research and feedback from external experts and researchers. The QuOCCA was specifically created to assess a broad spectrum of…
InitiativesJournal articles
For: Journals and publishersResearch institutes
In this piece, Alicia Kowaltowski, Ariel Silber, and Marcus Oliveira outline challenges faced by the scientific research community resulting from the current framework of academic assessment. Challenges outlined by the authors include: Increased pressure on researchers to produce knowledge Increased pressure on researchers to publish and increased frequency of retraction of scientific articles due to…
Tools
For: Journals and publishersResearch institutes
The Open Reviewers Toolkit was created by PREreview in 2021 to help guide the responsible evaluation of research manuscripts. The toolkit offers guidance to help reviewers assess their biases during the review process, a framework for how to read and evaluate a manuscript, and a rubric for self-assessment to improve the review. The toolkit features…
Tools
For: Journals and publishers
Top Factor is a tool developed by the Center of Open Science to rate journals’ policies adherence to the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines and guide the implementation of more transparent and reproducible research. Published in 2015, the TOP Guidelines provide eight modular standards of journal publications, with multiple levels of increasing stringency within…
Advocacy resources
For: FundersJournals and publishersProfessional societiesResearch institutes
Ruth Schmidt and colleagues explain how systems thinking can advance responsible research assessment. In an infographic format, they identify external forces that reinforce the use of the Journal Impact (JIF) as a surrogate measure for research quality in academic career advancement, despite its well documented deficiencies as a tool for research assessment. By demonstrating schematically…