DFG Position Paper on Academic Publishing as a Foundation and Area of Leverage for Research Assessment
« Academic publishing faces a number of challenges that can have a negative impact on science and the humanities. In particular, research assessment based on metrics can provide problematic incentives, thereby preventing the system of academic publication and research as a whole from developing in a way that is appropriate to its purpose. As a contribution to critical debate and with a view to rectifying developments, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) has published a position paper entitled “Academic Publishing as a Foundation and Area of Leverage for Research Assessment: Challenges and Fields of Action”.
“The DFG is committed to an open publishing system and a culture of assessment that is geared towards content,” says DFG President Professor Dr. Katja Becker. “The DFG’s aim in presenting this position paper is to initiate a change in culture, especially at the management level of research institutions and the major research funding bodies. At the same time, we want to promote confidence in this change so as to make it easier for academics to put quality first when it comes to the publication and assessment of scholarship.” The position paper also served as a guideline for the actions of the DFG itself in its function as the central self-governing body for research and the largest research funding organisation in Germany, said Becker. (…) »