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Good practices
For: Professional societies
Three national academies issued a statement on good practice in the evaluation of researchers and research programs in October of 2017. The statement recognized the need for efficient, fair, and robust researcher evaluation, especially as the size of the research community continues to increase.
Journal articles
For: FundersProfessional societiesResearch institutes
A survey was conducted by Noémie Aubert Bonn and Wim Pinxten to understand how Flemish researchers work and how they would rate the relevance of specific research assessment indicators in career advancement and advancing science. Survey results suggested that current indicators used to assess career advancement (e.g., indicators of prestige like high journal impact factor…
Good practices
For: Professional societies
The idea for the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment began at the 2012 ASCB Annual Meeting. As one of the initial DORA signatories, the ASCB does not promote its publications by the Journal Impact Factor.
Position papers
For: Professional societiesResearch institutes
The 2018 European University Association (EUA) roadmap was approved by the EUA Council at its meeting on 4 April 2018, in Zurich (Switzerland). This roadmap addresses the assessment of research outcomes, researchers and research units and organizations (laboratories, research centers and universities). The main objective of the roadmap is to raise awareness and support European…
Good practicesPosition papers
For: Professional societiesResearch institutes
The Federation released a report in 2017 to support the ongoing conversation in Canada about the assessment of research impact in the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS).
Advocacy resources
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The Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) studies bibliometric and scientometric tools to support research assessment reform and strategic decision making for developing science policy. In March 2021, the CWTS published an infographic on “problems with the H-index and reasons for integrating other contributions into evaluations”. This infographic gives different examples of how the…
Advocacy resourcesInitiativesTools
For: FundersProfessional societiesResearch institutes
The International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS) created a working group in 2018 to promote meaningful, responsible, and effective research evaluation practices.
Good practicesPolicies and guidance
For: Professional societiesResearch institutes
The Linguistic Society of America (LSA) published a statement of recommendations concerning the appropriate means of assessment of varied research outputs. In the statement, the term “corpus” refers to the body of language documentation scholarship that is deposited in a language archive. The statement notes that “unlike traditional publications, documentation is not ordinarily peer-reviewed. Thus,…
Good practicesPolicies and guidance
For: Professional societiesResearch institutes
The Linguistic Society of America (LSA) published a statement on their commitment to Open Scholarship and recommendations for the fair review of Open Scholarship in hiring, tenure, promotion, and awards. The statement defines Open Scholarship and outlines how LSA intends to apply principles of Open Scholarship: “The LSA encourages scholars, departments, and evaluation committees to…
Journal articles
For: FundersProfessional societiesResearch institutes
The authors, Noémie Aubert Bonn and Wim Pinxten, conducted interviews and focus groups with a variety of Flemish biomedical stakeholders in order to survey and define success, integrity, and responsibilities in science. The stakeholders interviewed included policy makers, funders, institutional leaders, research integrity officers, editors, publishers, and researchers. In this paper, which is the first…
Journal articles
For: FundersProfessional societiesResearch institutes
The authors, Noémie Aubert Bonn and Wim Pinxten, conducted interviews and focus groups with a variety of Flemish biomedical stakeholders in order to survey and define success, integrity, and responsibilities in science. The stakeholders interviewed included policy makers, funders, institutional leaders, research integrity officers, editors, publishers, and researchers. In this paper, which is the second…
InitiativesPosition papers
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Dutch public knowledge institutions and research funders published a position paper ‘Room for Everyone’s Talent‘ rethinking their academic reward and recognition systems.