German researchers warn against top-down assessment reform

German research institutions warned against a centralised reform of research assessment in Europe, as the European Commission and stakeholders were getting ready to sign a draft agreement on a set of new guidelines for evaluating researchers, writes Florin Zubascu for Science|Business.

In a position paper published on Wednesday 18 May, the German Research Foundation (DFG) said it is against a top-down reform of the research assessment system in Europe and warned it would not sign a draft agreement prepared jointly by European Union member states, stakeholders and the commission if the proposed reforms turned out to be binding.

“The DFG is committed to an open publishing system and a culture of assessment that is geared towards content,” said DFG President Katja Becker in a statement announcing the publication of the position paper.
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