Inserm is now one of the signatory organizations of DORA, the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment. The objective of this text is to improve how scientific research output is assessed, notably by calling into question the inappropriate use of the Journal Impact Factor.
Taking into account the value of all scientific output (publication in journals, but also datasets, software, etc.), giving more importance to the scientific content of an article than to the journal in which it is published and not using Journal Impact Factors as a surrogate measure of the quality of individual research articles are just some of the recommendations listed in the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), of which Inserm is now a signatory.
Drawn up on the initiative of scientists from the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) and a group of scientific journal publishers, this text sets out a certain number of proposals to improve how research quality is assessed. These recommendations are intended for research bodies, funding agencies, scientific publishers and researchers.
By signing this declaration, Inserm affirms its desire to change how its researchers and teams are assessed by basing itself on the quality of the discoveries, beyond quantitative criteria.
To date, 491 international bodies and more than 12,000 researchers have signed this declaration.