In November 2020 The Open University (OU) signed the San Francisco Declaration of Research Assessment (DORA).
DORA is relevant to all disciplines and researchers at all stages of their career. DORA has a vision and main objectives which the OU will implement through:
The OU DORA Implementation Plan is informed by the ten principles of the Leiden Manifesto.
The OU is committed to ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion in its research practices as per the OU Strategy 2022-2027 and the OU Research Plan 2022-27.
The implementation of DORA is a University-wide exercise and impacts on many areas of academic as well as professional staff activity. DORA implementation will be supported by:
The DORA Academic Reference Group which includes diverse representation from Faculties and Institutes. This group acts as an academic sounding-board for DORA implementation initiatives via the DORA Implementation Group. The Academic Reference Group will champion DORA implementation and awareness-raising activities at Faculty and/or School levels.
The DORA Implementation Group includes representation from: People Services from all Faculties, the Library and the Research, Enterprise and Scholarship (RES) Unit (research assessment lead). This group will support the implementation tasks alongside the DORA Academic Reference Group and in consultation with other OU Stakeholders, including OU staff networks.
Other OU Stakeholders include the steering group for the implementation of the Concordat for the Career Development of Researchers which explicitly mentions DORA as a relevant initiative; the OU’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusio (EDI) Office responsible for the OU’s Athena SWAN programme and other EDI initiatives relevant to improving staff equity; the OU Branch of the University and College Union (UCU) who are supportive of DORA implementation; research management professionals and internal staff networks to include diverse perspectives.
The DORA Implementation Plan adheres to the OU’s Statement on the Responsible use of Research Metrics and is informed by the ten principles of The Leiden Manifesto.
There is a shared responsibility for the implementation of DORA at The Open University, which is summarised below. The Actions were approved in July 2022 by the OU Research Committee and will be monitored by the DORA Academic Reference and Implementation Groups, which report to Research Committee. The actions are to:
The OU’s DORA Implementation Group is responsible for evaluating the effectiveness and impact of the implementation plan, in liaison with the DORA Academic Reference Group, and reports to Research Committee.
The University is committed to the continuous improvement of our staff development provision and encourages feedback from staff. Where it is appropriate, best practice will be shared as part of our commitment to improve our service provision.
If you have any queries or would like to find out more about how The Open University is implementing DORA, please contact the RES Research and Enterprise team.