EUA has published a Roadmap on Research Assessment in the Transition to Open Science. The main objective is to raise awareness and support the EUA membership with the development of research assessment approaches that focus on research quality, potential and future impact, and that take into account Open Science practices.
The transition towards Open Science requires major transformations in sharing and collaboration and the future approaches to research assessment and evaluation must reflect and promote such a novel attitude. Current research assessment and reward systems typically do not take into account Open Science contributions (e.g. sharing datasets). They are also heavily based on publication metrics, often equating the assessment of quality and impact of the individual research article with the prestige of the journal used for publication. This has serious repercussions in the assessment of researchers, of research groups and of other research units or organisations.
In its Roadmap, EUA identifies the following objectives for its future work in this area:
Encouraging the development of flexible, transparent, fair and robust research assessment approaches, rewarding Open Science contributions and taking into account differences across academic disciplines, multidisciplinary research, and fundamental and applied research;
Promoting flexible, transparent and responsible approaches in the career assessment of researchers, taking into account the different stages of researchers’ careers;
Supporting European universities and national rectors’ conferences in developing and implementing new approaches for research assessment.
The EUA Council adopted the Roadmap on 4 April 2018. It is a result of a recommendation from the Research Policy Working Group and has been developed by the EUA Expert Group on Science 2.0/Open Science.
To do this, EUA will focus its efforts on gathering and sharing information, engaging in close dialogue with universities and other relevant stakeholders and proposing policy and good practice recommendations.