EXPECTATIONS for RPOs

Guideline
Guidance for research performing organisations on how to implement responsible and fair approaches for research assessment
This guidance provides information for Wellcome Trust-funded organisations on how to implement responsible and fair approaches for research assessment that meet the expectations set out in Wellcome’s open access policy.
Wellcome Trust-funded organisations are required to publicly commit to assessing research outputs and other research contributions based on their intrinsic merit and to discouraging to the inappropriate use of proxies or metrics – such as the title or impact factor of the journal in which the work was published. We believe that research assessment processes used by research organisations and funders in making recruitment, promotion and funding decisions should embody two core principles (‘the principles’) as set out in the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). Wellcome Trust recognises that many organisations will implement these core principles as part of a broader approach to promoting the responsible and fair use of metrics in line with other equivalent declarations, such as the Leiden Manifesto and the Hong Kong Principles. We want organisations to implement responsible and fair approaches for research assessment, whether that is driven by commitments to one or more of these declarations or otherwise.
Reference of the resource
Guidance for research performing organisations on how to implement responsible and fair approaches for research assessment – Wellcome Trust.
Type of resource:
Guideline
Relevant discipline(s):
All
Relevant stakeholder(s):
Early career researchers
Senior researchers
Supervisors
Members of Research Ethics Committees
Members of Research Integrity Offices/Bodies
RPO senior management staff (Rectors, Deans)
Funders
Relevant organisational level(s):
System (macro level)
Institution (meso level)