The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)
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.
UNESCO to make its publications available free of charge as part of a new Open Access policy
UNESCO will make its digital publications available to millions of people around the world free-of-charge with an open license. As per UNESCO’s Press Release on 14.05.2013, this policy was announced by Mr. Janis Karklins, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information during the opening of the World Summit on the Information Society Forum in Geneva on 13 May . Full-text to the Policy is available here. Earlier it has issued policy guidelines for the development and promotion of Open Access in its member states.
ICAR’s Open Access Policy Draft (2013)
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) had placed its Open Access Policy Draft on its website and is open for comments till 23 May 2013. It is requested that all the stakeholders to see the draft and send their comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Opening up of access to Agricultural Knowledge and Information in ICAR
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) had started a discussion on its Facebook page about Opening up of access to Agricultural Knowledge in ICAR. Please visit the post here and give your suggestions or share your comments. Thank you.