Responsible Use of Research Metrics

We value the diverse community of staff and students who contribute to the University’s research environment producing high-quality and impactful research.

The University of Derby is committed to the critical role that peer reviews and expert judgements play in the assessment of research while taking into account the importance that quantitative metrics (bibliometrics and altmetrics) have in complementing and supporting decision-making. We also recognise the important role that metrics can have in facilitating research and improving research visibility and impact.

It is critical that the information employed to assess and monitor research activity is used appropriately by the University. The University Statement on the Responsible Use of Research Metrics is a guide to responsible research assessment using metrics. The Statement is based primarily on the recommendations of the Leiden Manifesto while drawing on the principles of the Metric Tide, and the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment.

To demonstrate its commitment to the Responsible Use of Research Metrics the University of Derby is a signatory of the San Francisco Declaration of Research Assessment (DORA).

The Declaration recognises the need to improve the ways in which research is assessed. Since its development in 2012, it has become a worldwide initiative, with over 21,000 signatories in 154 countries, covering all scholarly disciplines and key stakeholders including funders, publishers, professional societies, academic institutions, and researchers.

Signing DORA is a demonstration of our commitment to the responsible use of research metrics and demonstrates our commitment to the use of peer review and expert judgements, supported by the responsible use of metrics, when assessing research quality.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kathryn Mitchell CBE DL
Quote from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kathryn Mitchell CBE DL
Kathryn Mitchell signing the DORA contact, with Warren Manning, Paul Lynch and other academics surrounding
Senior University colleagues and members of the Publication and Bibliometrics Working Group