Beyond CVs and Impact Factors: A Manifesto

More than 9000 individuals and 360 institutions have signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which calls for scientists to reject journal impact factors as a criterion for assessing scientific accomplishment. (…) A CV is unlikely to reflect the passion, perseverance, and creativity of individuals who struggled with limited resources and created their own opportunities for compelling research. Nor is a CV likely to identify bold and imaginative risk-takers who might have fallen—for the moment—just short of a major research success. The same is true for those who found, when they realized their goal, that their results exceeded the imaginations of mainstream reviewers and editors, the gatekeepers of high-profile journals.

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