Next week, the plan initiated by the Commission to make assessments of research more meaningfully reflect its impact and value will open up to signatories. Then the hard work of translating it to action on the ground will begin
(22 Sep 2022) The European push to reform how the value of research is assessed is about to enter a new phase, with the action plan that was finalized in July opening up for organizations to endorse it next week.
The European Commission got the ball rolling on the reform in the beginning of this year as part of moves to revive the European Research Area (ERA). The aim is to revamp the way research is assessed, moving from bald statistics, such as the number of scientific papers published and how many times they are cited, to measures that more accurately reflect the value and impact of research.
In June the process was endorsed by EU science ministers, leading on to the action plan setting out the main lines across which the evolution of assessment systems should take place. Now, it’s up to funding agencies, researchers, universities and organizations to sign the agreement and start the hard work.
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