21 Jul 2021

ERC says goodbye to Impact Factor to evaluate candidates

On July 14th, the European Research Council (ERC) has published its new plan for Horizon Europe and it has announced the formal endorsement of DORA, abandoning the usage of the Impact Factor in the evaluation of the Curricula of candidates. This is an important step on the way to Open Science.

"While it is expected that the publications have a significant reach, applicants are explicitly asked not to include the Journal Impact Factor."

"The work programme introduces several changes to the way applicants are expected to describe their scientific track record. These changes aim to further strengthen the ERC’s alignment with research assessment principles that recognise the intrinsic quality of researchers’ work and the value and impact of all research outputs.

On the occasion of the adoption of this work programme, the ERC is also announcing its formal endorsement of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), in line with its long-standing adherence to the highest standards of research assessment. The ERC is convinced that the broad implementation of research assessment procedures that integrate the DORA principles is the key to an equitable transition to Open Science."

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