Quantity and Quality

There is another issue within the four areas, but especially within the research area: quality versus quantity.

The position paper Room for everyone's talent identifies the excessive, one-sided emphasis on quantitative output indicators (e.g., number of publications, number of citations, journal impact factor, and publication criteria). The comments regarding some of these indicators include the fact that they are not comparable across different academic disciplines and therefore fail to sufficiently acknowledge the diversity within scientific practice. In addition, these quantitative indicators do not necessarily say anything about the qualities of the researcher and they can be an impediment to the transition to open and robust science (also see the recommendations from The Declaration onResearch Assessment. The goal is to foster an open academic culture in which researchers carefully invest time and attention in sharing research designs, data and results with fellow academics and society. The evaluation and assessment of academic achievements should therefore pay more attention to the quality of research.

In line with the above, funding bodies and universities are now increasingly asking for a narrative CV. Here, candidates describe in a narrative way their career, their vision on and contributions to research and, depending on which areas are being assessed, also their vision for the other areas (education, impact, leadership). Instead of asking for a complete list of publications, candidates are asked for a maximum number of core publications and an explanation of why they consider this to be valuable output.