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The Society of Biology has signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment, a global initiative that calls for better evaluation of research outputs,  including not just peer-reviewed research articles, but intellectual property, trained scientists, data and more.

 

The Declaration encourages a move away from a reliance on the Journal Impact Factor, which is commonly used amongst researchers, institutions and funders alike to judge the scientific outputs of academics and research institutions. It sets out a number of recommendations for funding agencies, institutions, publishers, researchers, and organisations that supply metrics to assess research outputs on its own merits.

For more information and for a list of signatories, visit the DORA website.