The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) is an initiative of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB). It recognizes the need to improve the ways in which the scientific research outputs are evaluated. It recommends that one should not use journal-based metrics viz., Impact Factors as a surrogate measure of the quality of articles and scientists contribution for hiring and promotion. Please read its full recommendations and the Declaration here. The Open Access India requests the scholarly community to sign the declaration and support the alternate metrics of scientific research outputs.
1. Do not use journal-based metrics, such as Journal Impact Factors, as a surrogate measure of the quality of individual research articles, to assess an individual scientist’s contributions, or in hiring, promotion, or funding decisions.