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Responsible metrics

Bibliometric indicators can be a useful source of information, yet they also can be very narrow and limited measures and should not be used in isolation, and journal metrics should never be used to evaluate the quality or impact of an individual article or researcher. 


Recent reports and initiatives of responsible metrics include:

The Metric Tide in 2015 has made a series of recommendations to promote how metrics and indicators can be developed and applied in more positive and responsible ways. The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) and Leiden Manifesto for Research Metrics are also efforts to improve the ways in which the assessments of research output can be more open and transparent.

In Finland, introducing and developing a national recommendation for utilising responsible metrics became one important task of the Culture of Open Scholarship expert panel of Avoin Tiede, part of the joint efforts by the entire research community in Finland to promote open science. 

The Federation of Finnish Learned Societies (TSV) initiated a working group to consider responsible research evaluation in 2019. The working group has now completed its work. The first national recommendations of the research community for responsible researcher evaluation have been completed. See

 Good practic in researcher evaluation. Recommendation for the responsible evaluation of a researcher in Finland.

See also Moving towards more responsible metrics – a case of Tampere University