HEFCE: The road to the Responsible Research Metrics Forum – Guest post by Ben Johnson

On Wednesday 8th February 2017, Imperial College made headlines by announcing that it has signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment. Meaning that Imperial will no longer consider journal-based metrics, such as journal impact factors, in decisions on the hiring and promotion of academic staff. Their decision followed a long campaign by Stephen Curry, a professor …

Is signing DORA that responsible?

So, I've just returned from the excellent JISC/CNI conference on advances in digital scholarship where they had a panel session on metrics.  Once again, there were tutting noises from the front about the "disappointing" number of UK universities that hadn't signed up to DORA.  Stephen Curry's latest blog post urging universities to sign was highlighted and others …