IGI Global Signs the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)

By IGI Global on Jul 8, 2022
Signatory of DORA badge IGI Global is proud to announce that we have signed the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). This worldwide initiative aims to implement practical and robust approaches to research assessment globally and across all scholarly disciplines.
DORA Recommendations are based on:
  • The need to eliminate the use of journal-based metrics, such as Journal Impact Factors, in funding, appointment, and promotion considerations
  • The need to assess research on its own merits rather than on the basis of the journal in which the research is published
  • The need to capitalize on the opportunities provided by online publication (such as relaxing unnecessary limits on the number of words, figures, and references in articles, and exploring new indicators of significance and impact).
IGI Global has always been a strong advocate for assessing research on its own merit rather than the merit of the journal in which the research is published, the author's affiliation or country of origin, or any other external factors. It is crucial to prioritize the quality and merit and remove any biases that could prevent important research from being disseminated.
Additionally, in alignment with DORA’s key pillars, IGI Global does not have caps on the number of words, figures, and references that can be included in articles.
As a publisher known for taking on underrepresented and niche topic areas that many other publishers find too risky to invest in, we know all too well the struggles and perceived biases that the industry has placed on journals that do not have an Impact Factor.
Melissa Wagner “Signing the DORA initiative aligns neatly with our values,” says Melissa Wagner, Vice President of Editorial at IGI Global. “It has always been our priority to measure research based on its own merit and we are always striving to innovate our products to be accessible to all. This initiative has only confirmed to us that our mission of inclusivity and drive to implement new and exciting attributes to our e-books is just what researchers need.”
We have always been in support of using a variety of metrics to assess journals. However, it is important to note that these metrics can be subjective and often do not take into account newer and less established journals, or journals that cover niche topics that may not receive large citation impact due to their smaller audiences.
Through our alignment with DORA, we are leading the academic publishing industry in shaping the new standard approach to research evaluation. Recontextualizing the standards by which research is measured will ensure that high quality research is not overlooked due to outdated practices. Learn more about publishing with IGI Global here.
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About DORA

The idea to write the declaration was developed in 2012 during at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in San Francisco. It has become a worldwide initiative covering all scholarly disciplines and all key stakeholders including funders, publishers, professional societies, institutions, and researchers. To learn more about the Declaration on Research Assessment, click here.

About IGI Global

Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA with a subsidiary office (IGI Science and Technology, Ltd.), operating out of Beijing, China, IGI Global is a leading international academic publisher committed to facilitating the discovery of pioneering research that enhances and expands the body of knowledge available to the research community. Working in close collaboration with expert researchers and professionals from leading institutions, IGI Global disseminates quality content across 350+ topics in 11 core subject areas, including business, computer science, education, engineering, healthcare, social sciences, and more. All these publications have been contributed by over 150,000+ industry-leading researchers and experts worldwide, ensuring that each title contains the most emerging and timeliest research. To learn more about IGI Global, click here.

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