The turning tide: A new culture of responsible metrics for research event

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The Forum For Responsible Metrics is holding an event next month, booking for which has opened this week.

The Eventbrite page for the event titled ‘The turning tide: A new culture of responsible metrics for research’ is live and can be found here:

Over the last 5 years the use, and abuse, of metrics in research assessment has been in sharp focus, with three major contributions – the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), the Leiden Manifesto and the Metric Tide – all calling for a step change in the culture of metrics use.

This free event, hosted by the UK Forum for Responsible Research Metrics, will bring together stakeholders within the Higher Education sector to explore the emerging culture of responsible metrics in research. The Forum recently conducted a survey on current practice for the use of research metrics in research and researcher assessment in academia. At this event we will present the results of this survey, discuss them, and gather further qualitative evidence. The Forum aims to identify and share good practice at this event, and further develop practical advice for the sector.

In particular we will be discussing the opportunities and challenges of implementing the existing frameworks (DORA, The Metric Tide and the Leiden Manifesto), what impact the culture of metrics has on HEI staff (researchers and research managers), and the responsibilities of all stakeholders to develop and share good practice.

Joining us will be strategic leaders, research managers, researchers, funders, data providers, and publishers.

The event will open with a presentation from David Sweeney, Executive Chair Designate of Research England. Following this the key findings from the recent survey will be presented and three panel sessions will cover the following:

 Panel 1: Challenges and solutions: making a culture which uses metrics responsibly

This session will consider the challenges faced by the sector when implementing the current frameworks for the responsible use of research metrics (DORA, The Metric Tide, and the Leiden Manifesto) and seeks to highlight solutions and best practise.

• Panel 2: The researcher’s perspective

This session considers the impact of the use of research metrics on the researcher. We seek to understand the way in which researchers at different stages of their career see that metrics can be best used to inform research and researcher assessment.

 Panel 3: The wider implications of the responsible use of metrics

This session will seek to address the wider incentives for a new culture for measuring research. This session will highlight what others can do to promote high quality research and researcher assessment, demonstrate the wider sector view on the use of metrics, and will discuss the incentives for change. This session will demonstrate the wider importance of research metrics on areas such as the open science agenda

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