San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment: Time to Dump Impact Factor

ScienceInsider has an interesting article about the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) posted online last week. The declaration recommends that institutions and agencies "eliminate the use of journal-based metrics, such as Journal Impact Factors, in funding, appointment, and promotion considerations." The declaration also has specific recommendations for funding agencies, institutions, publishers, organizations that supply metrics, and researchers.

Here is the ScienceInsider article: In ‘Insurrection,’ Scientists, Editors Call for Abandoning Journal Impact Factors.

Also take a look at the response published in eLife: "It is time for the research community to rethink how the outputs of scientific research are evaluated… ."

Based on a recent post in the UCB Science & Engineering Libraries News blog.

Collection Services – Easier to find help and to make requests

Over the last few months, several projects have been sponsored by Collection Services Council, and I’m happy to announce that all the pieces have come together. The goal has been, as always, to make it as easy as possible for selectors to find information they need and to know who to contact for specific requests. Here’s what’s new:

  • A process has been established to get freely available and open access material cataloged; this is for those items that do not fill the criteria set for cataloging by SCP (CDL’s shared cataloging program)
  • Three forms have been merged into one: e-order, Materials Acquired Digitally (MAD), and request for cataloging of freely available/open access items (new feature).
  • Communications between selectors and staff in Acquisitions and Cataloging often involves transmitting the right pieces of data; a new “decision tree” has been devised that walks a selector to the right questions/answers for the case in hand. (Note: the e-problem form has also been redesigned and will become available soon.)
  • The Collection Services staff-side website has been reorganized to take full advantage of the decision tree, allowing for a better organization of other documents that selectors have/will find useful.

In addition to the above, the Scholarly Communication Advisory Group also encouraged the development of a new set of pages designed to capture baseline information about scholarly communication that selectors should know.

A lot of people have been involved on working and implementation groups for these initiatives, including Bette Anton, Jim Church, Myrtis Cochran, Gail Ford, Kathleen Gallagher, Lynne Grigsby, Jianye He, Steve La Follette, Jean McKenzie, Sue Miller, Gary Mills, Nga Ong, Margaret Phillips, Claude Potts, Jane Rosario, Lisa Rowlison de Ortiz, Lisa Weber, and Susan Xue. My thanks to them all.

START AT the new website: CS/

  • See the decision tree: (click on : “Make a Request/get help”)
  • For the new forms: follow the decision tree for mono-electronic, serial- electronic, or database
  • For the new Scholarly Comm site, pick Scholarly Communication

This was a lot to bring online simultaneously, so please be patient, and be sure to let us know what needs doing. Send comments, “can’t find it”, and other concerns to Gail who will find an expert and track the change.