, Philippe Mauguin, President of INRA, signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment, which aims to improve how science research is evaluated. INRA’s commitment to this global initiative reflects the Institute’s consideration and methodical developments in this area, from how a journal’s reputation is determined in a particular field or broadening the scope of assessment to the diversity of activities and products of targeted research.
Assessing the quality and impact of research is a complex undertaking that INRA has long been involved in.
INRA has been evaluating the production of generic or operational knowledge and tools for action for many years. Research is assessed for more than just article publications in academic journals - products and results are taken into account in hiring, promotion and funding decisions.
The need to improve how scientific research is evaluated is what the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (known as DORA ) seeks to address. To date, 572 international organisations - now including INRA - and more than 12,300 researchers have signed it.