How to make academic hiring fair: database lists innovative policies

A new online resource brings together universities’ research-assessment and career-development policies to help the academic community make hiring, promotion and tenure procedures fairer, more robust and more diverse.

The Reformscape database, launched today by the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), collates publicly available policies, action plans and other documents from research institutions worldwide.

Its aim is to provide examples of institutions that have changed their assessment systems, and to show administrators practical, actionable ways to improve their own policies. DORA, a global advocacy group, says that the policies included in the data set move beyond conventional, narrow assessment criteria and metrics, such as an overreliance on journal impact factors.

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