As part of its open access 2020 policy, Wellcome-funded organizations are asked to publicly commit to the principle that when assessing research outputs – for example in hiring, promotion and tenure committees – they will consider the intrinsic merit of the work, not the title of the journal, its impact factor or the publisher.

Wellcome has developed guidance for members of its advisory panels, stressing that when assessing applicants’ CVs they should:

  • Focus on the content and quality of publications, rather than their number or the impact factors of the journals in which they were published;
  • Take into account the diverse range of possible research outputs. Outputs vary between disciplines, and may include not just research articles but also data, reagents, software, intellectual property and policy changes;
  • Be sensitive to legitimate delays in research publication, and personal factors (parental or other types of leave, part-time working and disability) that may have affected the applicant’s record of outputs.

Wellcome has also modified its grant application forms (example here) such that it no longer specifically asks for researchers to cite their research publications, but instead asks researchers to list their outputs which may include (but are not limited to):

  • Peer-reviewed publications and preprints
  • Datasets, software and research materials
  • Inventions, patents and commercial activity