OASPA is pleased to announce
<https://oaspa.org/oaspa-endorses-declaration-research-assessment-dora/> our
formal endorsement of the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)

Developed in 2012 at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell
Biology in San Francisco, DORA is a cross-disciplinary global initiative
seeking to improve the ways in which scholarly research outputs are
evaluated. OASPA is delighted to join over 11,000 individuals and 445
organisations including the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK, and OASPA
members the Public Library of Science (PLOS), Hindawi, eLife, F1000, and
The Company of Biologists as fellow signatories of the declaration.

As the declaration <https://sfdora.org/read/> describes, it is crucial for
today’s wide variety of scholarly outputs to be measured accurately and
evaluated wisely. As a method of assessment of outputs, the Journal Impact
Factor has been increasingly understood as having a number of limitations;
most importantly, over-emphasising the venue of publication of research
findings rather than the research itself, and introducing perverse
incentives into scholarly reward system. DORA therefore recommends:

*‘ - The need to eliminate the use of journal-based metrics, such as
Journal Impact Factors, in funding, appointment, and promotion

*- the need to assess research on its own merits rather than on the basis
of the journal in which the research is published; and*

*- the need to capitalize on the opportunities provided by online
publication (such as relaxing unnecessary limits on the number of words,
figures, and references in articles, and exploring new indicators of
significance and impact).’*

Paul Peters, President of OASPA and Chief Executive Officer of Hindawi,
said: ‘As an association of Open Access publishers we have seen firsthand
how the reliance on Impact Factors for the assessment of researchers has
slowed innovation in scholarly publishing.’

OASPA hopes that our endorsement of this important initiative will
contribute to encouraging improved practices in research assessment.

The full declaration can be read here. <https://sfdora.org/read/>

This announcement can be found on the OASPA blog here.
Best wishes,
Leyla Williams
Events and Communications Coordinator
Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, OASPA
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