[INDOLOGY] DORA - move against assesment by journal impact-factors

Dominik Wujastyk wujastyk at gmail.com
Mon Nov 18 23:39:29 EST 2019

The spread of the DORA <https://sfdora.org/> concept is an interesting
development that may come to affect all of us who apply for research
grants.  It looks like the beginning of the death of journal impact-factors
as a measure of academic value.  Hooray.

Professor Dominik Wujastyk* <http://ualberta.Academia.edu/DominikWujastyk>
Singhmar Chair in Classical Indian Society and Polity
Department of History and Classics <http://historyandclassics.ualberta.ca/>
University of Alberta, Canada

The post below relates to Canada, but it's an international initiative:

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Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2019 at 13:19
Subject: sshrcUofA Tri-Agencies signed DORA agreement!

Canada’s five major national research funders have released a joint
statement re: the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment.

*November 13, 2019* - 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. CFI, CIHR, Genome Canada, NSERC and SSHRC
have signed the "DORA Agreement" - the San Francisco Declaration on
Research Assessment <https://sfdora.org/>, reaffirming their commitment to
excellence in research evaluation and the importance of knowledge
translation and mobilization.

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 [including yours truly, and other colleagues at UAlberta].

The DORA agreement stipulates that the quality and impact of research
cannot be measured through journal publications alone.

The implications of the DORA principle extend beyond funding agencies'
policies connecting research excellence to research data management
practices <http://www.science.gc.ca/eic/site/063.nsf/eng/h_547652FB.html>, open
access publishing
<http://www.science.gc.ca/eic/site/063.nsf/eng/h_F6765465.html>, the  ethical
conduct of research
and the Tri-Agency Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan
,  to local universities' processes for tenure and promotion.
The joint statement is here:

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