IBEC recently signed the adhesion to DORA, the Declaration on Research Assesment that recognizes the need to improve the ways in which academic research results are evaluated. In the same vein, it has also become part of the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment, CoARA, promoted by the European Commission. With these actions, IBEC shows its commitment by applying the principles of DORA and CoARA in its own research and contracting assessment procedures.
There is a need to improve the ways in which the output of scientific research is evaluated by funding agencies, academic institutions, and other parties. To address this issue, a group of editors and publishers of scholarly journals developed a set of recommendations, referred to as the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), to which IBEC has recently adhered as a signatory institution.
DORA consists of 18 points and recognizes the need to improve the ways in which academic research results are assessed, spanning all disciplines and key stakeholders. The declaration was developed during the annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in San Francisco and today, May 16, 2023, is 10 years old. To mark the occasion, various events have been organized around the world, which can be consulted here.
In the same vein, IBEC has also joined the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment (CoARA), promoted by the European Commission. The coalition stems from an agreement that gives rise to commitments, which are the result of an initial consensus-building effort. The Coalition is being structured into several thematic working groups and national chapters by territory. The IBEC has been added to the Spanish national chapter to participate in the work and proposals promoted there. National Chapters will contribute to CoARA’s work by facilitating the exchange of knowledge, mutual learning and discussions on CoARA-relevant issues specific to different types of organizations of a given country.