The ‘San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment‘ aims to improve the ways in which scientific resarch outputs are evaluated.
“A number of themes run through these recommendations:
- the need to eliminate the use of journal-based metrics, such as
- Journal Impact Factors, in funding, appointment,and promotion considerations;
- the need to assess research on its own merits rather than on the basis of thejournal in which the research is published;and
the need to capitalize on the opportunities provided by online publication (such as relaxing unnecessary limits on the number of words, figures, and references inarticles, and exploring new indicators of significance and impact).” [Declaration, p.1-2]