Mandating responsible research evaluation: the way to go?

Lizzie Gadd considers the practical implications of the responsible research evaluation requirement of the Wellcome Trust's new Open Access Policy. Responsible research evaluation is important. Really important. It’s not only quality-of-life important but life-or-death important to many over-worked, over-evaluated and under-resourced researchers.  And now for the first time a funder is turning round and saying …

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Who will welcome Wellcome? Results of the 2018 responsible metrics state-of-the-art survey

In the light of the Wellcome Trust's new responsible metrics mandate Lizzie Gadd reports on the findings from the Lis-Bibliometrics 2018 Responsible Metrics State-of-the-Art survey.  How many of us will welcome Wellcome's proposal and who will be running to catch up? This week has seen a big announcement from the Wellcome Trust that as part …

Three ways metrics vendors can improve – messages from end-users

Lizzie Gadd and Ian Rowlands report on the Lis-Bibliometrics survey of end-users around how bibliometric and altmetric suppliers might improve their services. It's fun being on the Lis-Bibliometrics Committee. We usually get together for a drink after a Lis-Bibliometrics event and talk about what worked and what didn't. Eventually conversation will drift onto the issues …

Measuring openness: should we be careful what we wish for?

Is the best way of incentivising open scholarship to measure it?  Lizzie Gadd is not so sure. There is a lot of talk at the moment about measuring open scholarship as means of incentivising it.  For example, the European Commission's recently updated recommendation on access to and preservation of scientific information calls for member states …

DORA, the Leiden Manifesto & a university’s right to choose

In light of rumours that only DORA signatories will have access to UKRI funding in future, Lizzie Gadd explains why Loughborough has chosen an alternative path up the 'responsible metrics mountain', and why she believes all 'mountain-climbers' should be equally supported and rewarded. As one of a small, but seemingly growing, group of UK universities …