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 publications, network pedigree, and competition) ignore practices that researchers deem essential in contributing to the advancement of science (e.g., openness, transparency and quality assurance). The authors note a lack of resources and support for such practices and suggest focusing on supportive infrastructure as a means to reconcile the discrepancies in research assessment.
Bonn NA, Pinxten W (2020). Advancing science or advancing careers? Researchers’ opinions on success indicators. doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.06.22.165654