San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment

Putting science into the assessment of research

There is a pressing need to improve the ways in which the output of scientific research is evaluated by funding agencies, academic institutions, and other parties. To address this issue, a group of editors and publishers of scholarly journals met during the Annual Meeting of The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) in San Francisco, CA, on December 16, 2012. The group developed a set of recommendations, referred to as the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment. We invite interested parties across all scientific disciplines to indicate their support by adding their names to this Declaration. The outputs from scientific research are many and varied, including: research articles reporting new knowledge, data, reagents, and software; intellectual property; and highly trained young scientists. Funding agencies, institutions that employ scientists, and scientists themselves, all have a desire, and need, to assess the quality and impact of scientific outputs. It is thus imperative that scientific output is measured accurately and evaluated wisely.

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An analysis of available data on individual DORA signers as of June 24, 2013, showed that 6% were in the humanities and 94% in scientific disciplines; 46.8% were from Europe, 36.8% from North and Central America, 8.9% from South America, 5.1% from Asia and the Middle East, 1.8% from Australia and New Zealand, and 0.5% from Africa. The distribution of signers by country is shown in the graphic at right (all countries listed have at least one signer).

All Individuals

12741 Individuals

1. Helena Gomes, Research Associate, University of Hull

2. Salima Rehemtula, Librarian, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

3. Karim Mekhail, Associate Professor, University of Toronto

4. Andrew Pullin, Professor, Bangor University

5. Kate O’Neill, , University of Sheffield

6. Martin Hicks, Member of the board of management, Beilstein-Institut

7. Mikko Mönkkönen, Professor, University of Jyvaskyla
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All Organizations

591 Organizations

1. Dale Sanders, Director, John Innes Centre

2. ETH Zurich

3. Real Sociedad Matemática Española

4. University of Bern

5. European University Association

6. Interfase s.r.l.

7. Biomedical& Biopharmaceutical Research – Jornal de Investigação Biomédica e Biofarmacêutica

8. ISCTE – University Lisbon Institute

9. Université de Liège

10. Brunel University London
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Original Signers (Individuals)

  1. Euan Adie, Altmetric LLP
  2. Elizabeth M. Adler Executive Editor, The Journal of General Physiology
  3. Sharon Ahmad Executive Editor, Journal of Cell Science
  4. Kurt H. Albertine Editor-in-Chief, The Anatomical Record
  5. Bruce Alberts Editor-in-Chief, Science
  6. José M. Amigó Professor Emeritus, Unity of Crystallography and Mineralogy, Department of Geology, University of Valencia, Spain
  7. Parker Antin Editor-in Chief, Developmental Dynamics
  8. Simeon Arseniyadis Research Director, CNRS-France
  9. Detlef Axmann Professor, Department of Prosthodontics and Medical Materials, Eberhard-Karls-University, Germany
  10. Tonci Balic-Zunic Associate Professor in Mineralogy and leader of the Crystallography & Mineralogy Group, Natural History Museum, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
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Original Signers (Organizations)

  1. Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (AS CR)
  2. Altmetric LLP
  3. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  4. American Oil Chemists’ Society
  5. American Society for Cell Biology
  6. American Society of Agronomy
  7. Association for Psychological Science
  8. Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
  9. Biology Open
  10. British Society for Cell Biology
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