DEIP signed the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)

DEIP has signed on to the principles outlined in the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment, commonly known as DORA.

DORA is a worldwide initiative aimed at improving the ways in which outputs of scholarly research are evaluated. It seeks to gain commitment among funding agencies, higher education institutions, and journal organizations to promote and adopt the responsible use of metrics when measuring the evaluating research.

DORA seeks to gain commitment among funding agencies, higher education institutions, publishers, and professional societies to promote and adopt the responsible use of metrics when measuring and evaluating research.

Everyone who understands Open Science sees its immense value originating from a wide range of activities that include open access publishing, open data, open peer review, and open research. Unfortunately, almost every organization supporting Open Science we've spoken with has cited their important issue as being able to effectively assess this value and measure the impact of researchers Open Science activities. What's clear to the Open Science community is not always as clear to the people it hopes to engage, and this disconnect poses a real doubt.

We've decided to address this issue. After meetings with key leaders in this area, we've agreed to undertake research to develop a system that addresses the topic of the effective career evaluation of researchers practicing Open Science. The goal is to create a framework and the solution that implements this assessment in practice.

A signing the declaration is an important step. DEIP, along with DORA’s other signatories, is focused on the intrinsic quality of all research globally. This step reinforces our commitment to the responsible use of meaningful metrics in judging research performance.

There is still work to do. We endeavor to elevate our technology – ensuring that researchers feel valued for all the contributions they can make to Open Science. Signing DORA is an important component of that effort, empowering reviewers and involving them in setting high standards of fairness and rigor in the assessment.

DORA has been signed by over 1,500 organizations to date, including UK universities Cancer Research UK, Wellcome Trust, and UK Research Councils.

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