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

10 Most Recent Entries

Maria Agan

Oluyomi Stephen Adeyemi

Gabriel Villalobos

Savita Dhanvantari

Heather S Davies

Brian Michael Napoletano

Samir Hachani

Jeremy Ewan Turnbull

Xose Manuel Meijome Sanchez

Alfonso Ernesto de la Fuente Ruiz

All Organizations

10 Most Recent Entries

American Society for Microbiology

University of Birmingham


University of Liverpool

Aston University

University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway

WRDSB, Canada

Wendy Limbert Consulting

VITAE Academia Biom?dica Digital, Venezuela