The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) recognizes the need to improve how the outputs of scientific research are evaluated.
Currently signed 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’.
The Library supports this principle in its capacity as an Independent Research Organisation committed to best practice in research and its assessment, as an employer committed to hiring on merit and as part of the global scholarly ecosystem committed to ethical research behaviour.
View the British Library’s Code of Good Research Practice.