May 23, 2022

Springer Nature Becomes Largest Research Publisher to Sign DORA Principles

From Springer Nature:

Springer Nature has extended its commitment to ensuring that the impact and quality of research is assessed in a balanced and fair way by formally signing up as to the principles outlined in the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment, commonly known as DORA. In doing so, Springer Nature becomes the first large research publisher to sign the declaration and commit its entire owned journal portfolio to providing a number of metrics so that research can be assessed fairly.


Comment by Alison Mitchell, Chief Journals Officer, Springer Nature:

Research assessment is a challenge for the academic community, and one which requires action from all stakeholders, including publishers. Springer Nature has long recognised, and advocated for, the need to judge individual research on the merits of that research alone. Requiring all of our journals to abide by the DORA principles is a strong demonstration of our commitment to supporting a balanced and fair approach towards assessing the impact and quality of research.

“Going forward, not only will an array of metrics be publicly available at an article and journal level, but we will work towards upholding all five of the main recommendations DORA outlines for publishers. We already encourage responsible authorship practices and will now seek to include author contribution statements in the remaining journals that do not already have them.

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