Open Research Funders Group (ORFG)

Good practicesPolicies and guidance  For:Funders

The ORFG released guidance for funders called, Incentivizing the sharing of research outputs through research assessment: a funder implementation blueprint. The group created the document to assist funders in encouraging researchers to maximize the impact of their work by openly sharing research outputs. The blueprint identifies three goals to be successful:

  1. change the perception that publication in high-impact journals is the only metric that counts;
  2. provide demonstrable evidence that, while journal articles are important, we value and reward all types of research outputs; and
  3. ensure that indicators like the venue of publication or journal impact factor are not used as surrogate measures of quality in researcher assessment.

To do this, the blueprint provides three steps with concrete actions for funders: 1) policy development and declarations, 2) implementation, and 3) engagement.  Template language for funders is included in the document to promote easy uptake.