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The question of how to use metrics in a responsible way has been discussed intensively in the academic community and it is now time that learnings are implemented into practice.
Many institutions are signing Responsible Metrics statements such as the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) or the Leiden Manifesto for research metrics that commit to current good practice and act as a guide for future activities.
Two key recommendations of DORA are:
- To assess research on its own merits rather than based on of the journal in which the research is published
- To eliminate the use of journal-based metrics, such as Journal Impact Factors, in funding, appointment, and promotion considerations
Responsible Metrics in University of Galway
The Statement on the Responsible Use of Research Metrics and University of Galway confirms the University of Galway is committed to the further development and implementation of responsible, fair and transparent research assessment processes and the adoption of the principles of responsible metrics.
Implementing the Responsible Metrics will lead to changes in the way researchers are evaluated when it comes to job appointments or promotions.