The steering committee for the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) has announced the formation of an international advisory board to provide strategic guidance to the DORA initiative and to further its vision of advancing practical and robust approaches to research assessment globally and across all disciplines. The new advisory board includes representatives from six continents, 15 countries, and the different areas within the research landscape. Advisory board members will serve as liaisons for DORA in their regions.

Three ASCB members are on the board: David Drubin, University of California, Berkeley; Satyajit Mayor, National Centre for Biological Science (TIFR), India; and Sandra Schmid, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. The full board is listed on the homepage of the DORA website, https://sfdora.org.

The broad geographic distribution and disciplinary reach of the board is essential for the DORA initiative to move forward with its 2018 Roadmap, which states, “The next and more challenging steps require changes in academic culture to ensure that hiring, promotion, and funding decisions focus on the qualities of research that are most desirable—insight, impact, reliability, and re-usability—rather than on questionable proxies.”

Stephen Curry, DORA steering committee chair, said, “I am excited and delighted that so many distinguished and committed people have volunteered their expertise to help make DORA a truly global initiative. It is a testament to the importance and the urgency of the work that lies ahead to improve research evaluation.”

Anna Hatch

Anna Hatch is the DORA Community Manager. She earned a PhD in biochemistry from Dartmouth College.