How can we improve organizational assessment of researchers
Improving the current system of faculty incentives and rewards is a crucial complement to other attempts, such as training, to improve research integrity, but has been relatively neglected.
Assessment of researchers is necessary for decisions of hiring, promotion, and tenure. The current system of faculty incentives and rewards is perceived by many as perverse, possibly rewarding questionable behaviours, and misaligned with the needs of society and disconnected from the evidence about the causes of the reproducibility crisis and suboptimal quality of the scientific publication record. A set of high-level principles for better assessing scientists and associated research and policy implications to both foster and reward research integrity is proposed following on from a 2018 publication by David Moher and colleagues and other initiatives. These will be discussed and refined as the basis for the ‘Hong Kong Manifesto for Assessing Researchers: Fostering Research Integrity’.
Using those principles as a basis, this focus track will review the principles along with participant discussion about their nomination/selection, applicability, and merit (session 1). Similarly, the focus track will look at how these principles, and other evidence-based principles might be endorsed and implemented in different countries, institutions, and disciplines.