May 26, 2022

National Libraries: British Library Signs the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment

From the British Library:

The British Library has become a signatory of the San Francisco Declaration of Research Assessment (DORA).

The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) recognizes the need to improve how the outputs of scientific research are evaluated.

2017-04-14_10-38-18Currently singed by over 840 organisations and over 12,500 individuals, the principle behind DORA is that research should be evaluated based on merit and not based on where it is published. DORA’s primary recommendation is to ‘not use journal-based metrics, such as Journal Impact Factors, as a surrogate measure of the quality of individual research articles, to assess an individual scientist’s contributions, or in hiring, promotion, or funding decisions’.

See Also: British Library Code of Good Research Practice
12 pages; PDF.

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