Responsible research evaluation

For many years, Elsevier has supported the careful use of metrics and indicators in the evaluation of research. The International Center for the Study of Research (ICSR) was established in June 2019 to work in partnership with the research community to further develop responsible approaches to research evaluation. To support this goal, Elsevier (including ICSR) has:

  • Endorsed the Leiden Manifesto for Research Metrics in July 2020. The Leiden Manifesto is a set of 10 practical and action-oriented principles that guide best practice in metrics-based research assessment.
  • Signed the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) in December 2020. DORA is a set of 18 recommendations targeted to different parts of the research community, recognising the need for systemic change in evaluation practices.

In supporting these statements, Elsevier and ICSR have joined hundreds of organisations and thousands of individuals who are on a journey towards a fair and balanced approach to research assessment.