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Paris Call on Research Assessment

The Open Science European Conference (OSEC) 2022, organised by the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union:

  • Recognises that openness improves the quality, efficiency and impact of research, and fosters team science;
  • Reaffirms the need to align what we assess with what we value;
  • Calls for an assessment system where research proposals, researchers, research units and research institutions are evaluated on the basis of their intrinsic merits and impact, rather than on the number of publications and where they are published, promoting qualitative judgement provided by peers, supported by a responsible use of quantitative indicators;

  • Calls therefore for a research assessment system that:
    • rewards quality and the various impacts of research;
    • ensures that research meets the highest standards of ethics and integrity
    • values the diversity of research activities and outputs such as publications and preprints, data, methods, software, code and patents, as well as their societal impacts and activities related to training, innovation and public engagement;
    • uses assessment criteria and processes that respect the variety of research disciplines;
    • rewards not only research outputs, but also the appropriate conduct of research, and values good practices, in particular open practices for sharing research results and methodologies whenever possible ;
    • values collaborative work, as well as cross-disciplinarity and citizen science, when appropriate;
    • supports a diversity of researcher profiles and career paths.
  • Calls for the creation of a coalition of research funding organisations, research performing organisations, and assessment authorities, willing and committed to reform the current research assessment system along commonly agreed objectives, principles and actions (such as mutual learning, shared documentation and commonly agreed monitoring effort). The success of such a coalition will be deeply connected to its capacity to propose concrete implementation processes and to its capacity to associate and involve researchers at all levels.

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