Research assessment is at the core of the research activity, as it also defines the values we want to promote in the research ecosystem. While considering the differences among disciplines and communities, it is important to agree on a common set of criteria and principles to evaluate research.
The practice of evaluating research and researchers based on few quantitative publication metrics has led to the rise of several relevant global initiatives in the last decade such as the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), the Leiden Manifesto, the Hong Kong principles and Open Science. These initiatives call for a more fair and transparent research assessment system, based on quality rather than pure quantity. The new European Research Area also recognizes the necessity to change the current assessment system, moving away from publication metrics and focusing rather on the content, quality and added value of the scientific outputs.
The Research Assessment Task Force focuses on stimulating the discussion about the research evaluation system in Europe and sharing good practice regarding the assessment of research organisations and individual researchers.
Marleen Vanstraelen, VIB
Marta Agostinho, EU-LIFE
Sofie Kjellerup Christensen, EU-LIFE