The European research landscape is becoming increasingly hypercompetitive, resulting in a “publish-or-perish” culture where journal-based metrics are central to evaluating researchers and their work. This inappropriate use of quantitative indicators has a direct negative impact on the career opportunities and well-being of individual researchers. In addition, it demonstrably affects the quality of scholarly outcomes, the diversity of our research communities, and the trustworthiness of our research system as a whole.
There are many reasons to reform, and ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, has therefore signed the European Agreement on Reforming Research Assessment and joined the associated coalition (CoARA). In addition, ALLEA commits to further supporting its Member Academies in developing assessment criteria based on principles of quality, integrity, diversity, and openness.