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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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ASAPbio (Accelerating Science and Publication in Biology) tracks preprint policies and practices at journals, funders, and universities.
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DORA-produced
For: Funders
This is part of DORA’s toolkit of resources to support academic institutions that are improving their policies and practices. Find the other resources in the toolkit here.   Balanced, broad, responsible: A practical guide for research evaluators is a short, informative video that is accompanied by a one-page brief. The video and document are meant…
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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.
Good practicesTools
For: FundersResearch institutes
CIRAD developed the ImpresS method to assess the environmental and societal impact its research.
Tools
For: Research institutes
The Humane Metrics Initiative (HuMetricsHSS) works to create and support values-enacted frameworks for understanding and evaluating all aspects of scholarly life with a focus on humanities and social sciences . Towards its goal of supporting stakeholders as they work to reform scholarly evaluation, HuMetricsHSS created a Workshop Kit to aid those who would like to…
Good practicesPosition papersTools
For: FundersResearch institutes
The IDRC in Canada developed a tool called Research Quality Plus (RQ+) to assess applied and translational research.
Position papersTools
For: FundersResearch institutes
This is a report that describes mechanisms and approaches to improve and incentivize the recording, the evaluation, and the recognition of contributions to Open Scholarship practice. It presents a digital resource called the Openness Profile (OP) and describes how the OP can help address existing gaps in the assessment of open science. Developed by consultants…
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The Metrics Toolkit is an online resource that provides information about research metrics across scholarly disciplines to help educate individuals in the academic community.
Tools
For: FundersResearch institutes
The Résumé for Researchers is a tool developed by the Royal Society to help support the evaluation and assessment of individuals’ varied research contributions.
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DORA-produced
Ideas for Action outlines five common myths about research evaluation to help universities better understand barriers to change and provides analogous examples to illustrate how these myths exist inside and outside of academia.
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DORA-produced
Unintended Cognitive and Systems Biases identifies seven personal biases that can influence hiring, promotion, and tenure decisions.
Advocacy resourcesTools
DORA-produced
For: Research institutes
This is part of DORA’s toolkit of resources to support academic institutions that are improving their policies and practices. Find the other resources in the toolkit here. Improving research and scholarship assessment practices requires the ability to analyze the outcomes of efforts and interventions. However, when conducted only at the unit level of individual interventions,…
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For: FundersResearch institutes
Reporting of who did what is important to give researchers the credit they deserve. Standards like CRediT (the Contributor Roles Taxonomy) allow authors’ contributions to a research paper to be published in a machine-readable format. Surfacing researcher contributions is important for assembling future teams, as well as for the assessment of researchers. tenzing, a free…
Tools
For: FundersResearch institutes
The Dutch Research Council (NWO) developed a toolkit to support responsible assessment practices for reviewers and committee members . The toolkit includes videos and factsheets with suggested steps to help evaluators recognize implicit biases and strive for inclusive assessment principles and practices, such as: For Written Assessments: Look critically at how your ideal image influences your…
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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…
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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. In 2019, iNORMS released the first version of SCOPE framework, an important tool to provide practitioners a how-to guide to implement responsible research assessment. In 2021, iNORMS Research Evaluation Working Group (REG)…
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…
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The National Academy of Sciences in the United States created a webpage to track journals that are engaging in fair authorship practices.