The current criteria for evaluating research profoundly affects - and not always in a positive way - the behaviour of researchers and the quality of scientific methodology, as well as the choice of dissemination channels. Alternative perspectives and methods have been discussed for years. Let’s take stock with Elena Giglia and Donatella Castelli.
In recent years it has become evident that the crucial issue for the full adherence to the open science principles is the change of the current system of research evaluation and career assessment.
Research assessment and what is happening in Europe and Italy will be the focus of the next Open Science Café, organised by the ICDI Competence Centre and scheduled for Thursday 8 April from 2 to 3 p.m. We will discuss with Elena Giglia and Donatella Castelli, who were part of the commission that drafted the National Plan for Open Science, on behalf of the Italian Ministry of University and Research, which has already been published as an abstract together with the National Plan for Research 2021-27.
Over the years, the use of the bibliometric index has led to changes in the habits of researchers and in the way research is done. An example is the Impact Factor, which was created to help libraries to choose among scientific journals subscriptions and did not aim to assess the quality of the individual articles.
Current evaluation methods only look at the final result of the research process, which means the publication, and give a lot of importance to publishing in journals with the best possible reputation. This distortion has created adaptive behaviour and has favoured 'shortcuts' to the detriment of quality, scientific rigour and reproducibility.
There is a growing need to give more room to a system that is no longer only quantitative and that enhances all the components of research work - data, software, protocols, methods, laboratory notes, etc. - in order to fully integrate the principles of open science into the daily actions of researchers.
In this episode of the Open Science Café we will look at the European strategy for an evaluation in line with the Open Science sharing requirements, and we will open the discussion with the participants: the European debate is ongoing and it is crucial at this time to listen to the voice of the various actors involved, especially that of researchers.
The webinar will be held in Italian.
Thursday 8th April 2021
13:50 - 14:00 Welcome
14:00 - 14:10 Introduction
14:10 - 14:35 Presentation by Elena Giglia
14:35 - 15:00 Q&A/Discussion
Elena Giglia is Head of the Open Access Project Unit at the University of Turin. She plays an active role in national and international working groups on Open Science, and is a partner in several Horizon 2020 projects. At the Italian Ministry of University and Research, she was part of the Commission that drafted the National Plan for Open Science, soon to be published. She was a member of the Working Group "Open Access and New Indicators" at ANVUR (2013-2014). She actively participates in national and international conferences on various aspects of Open Science, including evaluation, and carries out intensive training, information and promotional activities on these topics.
Donatella Castelli is a research manager at the Institute of Information Science and Technology "A.Faedo" of the CNR. She was the technological coordinator of the various European projects that led to the creation of the OpenAIRE infrastructure. She was a member of the Commission that drafted the Italian National Plan for Open Science. She is a member of the "Commission expert group on National Points of Reference on Scientific Information" which interacts with the European Commission on issues and recommendations related to open access of publications and data and open science.
The webinar is organised for the Italian community and is addressed to researchers, research support staff, technicians, technologists interested in knowing the details of the international debate on research evaluation, and of the European Commission strategy on Open Science.
Register for the event at the following link: https://learning.garr.it/course/view.php?id=136