May 25, 2022

Canada’s Five Major National Research Funding Organizations Sign San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)

From the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada:

Canada’s five major national research funders are pleased to join research leaders around the world who are working to strengthen research excellence by ensuring robust, equitable and impactful measures of research assessment.

The Government of Canada’s research funding agencies — the  Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) (the Agencies); the  Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI); and  Genome Canada—have signed the  San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), reaffirming their commitment to excellence in research evaluation and the importance of knowledge translation.

DORA is a global initiative to support the development and promotion of best practice in assessment of scholarly research. It aims to address the negative consequences of unintended overuse of journal publication as a primary indicator of quality for research output. To date, 1,557 organizations and 15,006 individuals are signatories to DORA. These include funders, publishers, professional societies, institutions and researchers.


The DORA principles are reflected in CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC’s overall approaches to research assessment, and in their shared commitment to continuous improvement in assessment practices.  A number of the Agencies’ initiatives support research excellence and align with the recommendations in DORA, including policies that facilitate excellence in  research data management practices,  open access publishing, the  ethical conduct of research; and the commitment to re-examine research excellence through the Tri-Agency Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan.


Learn more about DORA and NSERC’s commitment.

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