The NHMRC guide for peer review instructs assessors not to rely on the Journal Impact Factor when making judgments. The guidance also provides details about how the Council is adhering to the spirit of DORA, including:
- Eliminated the use of Journal Impact Factors and the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Ranked Journal List in the assessment of research achievement of applicants
- Publishing assessment criteria and providing detailed descriptors in relation to each criterion for each of its funding schemes.
- Requiring consideration of a broad range of measures that affect the assessment of an applicant’s research achievement. These include both quantitative and qualitative measures, such as the scientific value of publications and influence on current dogma, policy, or practice.