Open science and research

National recommendations for responsible researcher evaluation

Researcher evaluation shapes and directs research. The entire research community should take responsibility for the principles and practices of researcher evaluation. This recommendation for the responsible evaluation of a researcher provides the basis for a functioning, diverse and flourishing research community.

The national recommendation presents the general principles of  researcher evaluation as follows: 

  1. Transparency. The objectives,  methods,  materials  and  interpretation of the results must be known to everyone involved   in   the   evaluation.   The   evaluation   must   be   conducted in a manner that is understood by all parties involved.  The  evaluation  process  and  all  its  stages  must  be  clearly  and  transparently  described.  The  party  responsible for the evaluation must ensure that the choices made in the evaluation work are properly reasoned and the evaluation documented in a reliable manner.
  2. Integrity.  Evaluation  must  be  conducted  in  accordance  with  practices  recognized  by  the  research  community,  such as integrity, diligence, and accuracy.
  3. Fairness. All those subject to evaluation must be treated equally and impartially. Evaluation must take into account only relevant  factors  that  have  been  brought  to  the  attention of all parties concerned. Characteristics or circumstances associated with persons being evaluated or people close to them that are irrelevant to the objective of the evaluation must not be used as evaluation criteria.
  4. Competence. Evaluators must have the necessary substantive competence and  knowledge  of  the  objectives  and  methods  of  the  evaluation  process  and  with  the  principles  and  practices  of  responsible  evaluation  of  a  researcher. In addition to their qualifications, evaluators must not have  a  conflict  of  interest  and  their  collective  expertise should be diverse.
  5. Diversity. Evaluation must take into account the diversity of research and outputs.

The recommendation presents good practices in research evaluation 

  • Building the evaluation
  • Evaluation of research
  • Diversity of activities
  • Researcher’s role in the process

Aalto University is committed to the responsible researcher evaluation.

Have a look at other recommendations on research and researcher assessment

Declaration of Research Assessment, DORA

There is a need to improve the ways in which the output of scientific research is evaluated by funding agencies, academic institutions, and other parties. Declaration of Research Assessment, DORA, was one of the first initiatives to improve the ways in which researchers and the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated


Leiden Manifest

Leiden Manifest offers best practice and principles on metrics-based research assessment

leiden manifest

Go to Aalto University Research assessments page

Research assessments

Aalto University is continuously assessing the quality of its research and artistic activities, and its societal impact. The assessment is based on peer review and internationally agreed best practices.

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