Stephen Downes

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The 2012 San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) calls for a reconsideration of traditional factors, and expecially journal impact factors. Canada's funding agencies signed on in 2019, and Quebec's in 2020. Universities have lagged; as the article notes the only Canadian institutions to sign on have done so in the last few months. "Our goal is to reinstate the importance of often-neglected aspects of research, such as social impacts. We are currently revising our evaluation grids for hiring, tenure and allocation of research chairs," says Ghyslain Gagnon, École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) dean of research. My advice to academia? Move faster.

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