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DORA – San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment

San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment
Putting science into the assessment of research
site includes: Original signers – Individuals  ;  Original signers – Organizations ;  News about DORA

“…The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), initiated by the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) together with a group of editors and publishers of scholarly journals, recognizes the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scientific research are evaluated. The group met in December 2012 during the ASCB Annual Meeting in San Francisco and subsequently circulated a draft declaration among various stakeholders. DORA as it now stands has benefited from input by many of the original signers listed. It is a worldwide initiative covering all scholarly disciplines. We encourage individuals and organizations who are concerned about the appropriate assessment of scientific research to sign DORA…”


Scientific insurgents say ‘Journal Impact Factors’ distort science
DORA calls on world science community to cut influence


Public release date: 16-May-2013

“…An ad hoc coalition of unlikely insurgents—scientists, journal editors and publishers, scholarly societies, and research funders across many scientific disciplines—today posted an international declaration calling on the world scientific community to eliminate the role of the journal impact factor (JIF) in evaluating research for funding, hiring, promotion, or institutional effectiveness…”


No shortcuts for research assessment
Stefano Bertuzzi and David G. Drubin
American Society for Cell Biology
Mol. Biol. Cell
May 15, 2013
vol. 24 no. 10 1505-1506

“…The Journal Impact Factor (JIF), developed to help librarians make subscription decisions, has de facto been repurposed by researchers, journals, administrators, and funding and hiring committees as a proxy for the quality and importance of research publications. The result of this shortcut is that researchers are judged by where their articles are published rather than by the content of their publications. This is fundamentally wrong…”


Science editorial:  Impact Factor Distortions
Bruce Alberts, Editor-in-Chief
17 May 2013
Vol. 340 no. 6134 p. 787

“…The misuse of the journal impact factor is highly destructive, inviting a gaming of the metric that can bias journals against publishing important papers in fields (such as social sciences and ecology) that are much less cited than others (such as biomedicine). And it wastes the time of scientists by overloading highly cited journals such as Science with inappropriate submissions from researchers who are desperate to gain points from their evaluators…”

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