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Community of Practice on Open Science and Responsible Research Assessment

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More traditional, publication-driven assessments of research(ers) are running out of steam. Multiple initiatives are promoting responsible assessments of research and researchers. Simultaneously, a movement that incentivises open scientific practices is developing and gaining footing on European and national levels. These two movements have a unique opportunity to strengthen and reinforce one another. Research assessment reform can provide a big boost to the adoption of Open Science, and the transparency offered by Open Science can serve as a key enabler for assessment reform.

In bimonthly sessions, facilitated by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University (NL), we ask: How can research assessment consider Open Science and vice versa? What does Open Science translate to in research practice?


10 July 2024 | 10:00-11:00 CEST

This session will focus on Open Science and research assessment in the Agricultural and veterinary sciences, with experiences from the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (INRAE) 

Speaker: Odile Hologne (INRAE)

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About the series

In bimonthly conversations, research funders, research managers, researchers and anyone interested in these topics come together to discuss the multiple ways in which research assessment considers Open Science. Our guests tell stories about issues, frustrations and the successes of research assessment in relation to Open Science. The goal of this community is to create a bouquet of stories of translation from which we can learn and draw inspiration for our own research assessments.


  • Understand how research assessments can consider Open Science in a responsible way, through the engagement of different epistemic communities (pilots). 
  • By June 2025, a written brief summarizing the learnings from the Community of Practice will be provided. In particular, it will include requirements for GraspOS tools and services in evaluating Open Science practices, and a collection of high-level insights on the challenges of putting Responsible Research Assessement into practice from the different communities involved.

Past sessions

15 May 2024. In this session, Anestis Amanatidis from Utrecht University provided a review of how Open Science values are assessed at various levels the organisation. Early insights were presented along with the challenges faced by universities in assessing Open Science. Access the materials.

20 March 2024. Laurent Romary, Director for Scientific Information and Culture at Inria, discussed the intersection of Open Science and Research Assessment in Computer Science. The focus was on the issue of research software and its identification in scholarly publication to improve the visibility of such assets in a researcher's profile. Access the materials. 

17 January 2024. Fotis Mystakopoulos from OPERAS reflected on the role Open Science can play in fostering a more inclusive research assessment process that prioritises quality over quantity in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Access the materials.

18 October 2023. Ludo Waltman from CWTS discussed the complexities that he has already encountered at the interface of responsible research assessment and Open Science. Access the materials.

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