In March, Taylor & Francis announced that they signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which aims to improve the ways in which researchers and the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated.
Taylor & Francis has a track record of actively working to improve research assessment, and for this reason already meets most DORA recommendations. Via their Literatum-hosted Taylor & Francis Online, they have displayed article-level metrics such as views and citations for many years, and Altmetric Attention Scores have been available on the site since 2015.
In order to provide a richer view of journal performance in accordance with DORA’s recommendations, we’ve recently worked with Taylor & Francis to develop a new section on Taylor & Francis Online which displays an enhanced range of available citation, usage, and publishing process metrics for each journal. This development is accompanied by new guidance for researchers on the use and limitations of journal metrics.
Taylor & Francis was also an early large publisher adopter of the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC). Meanwhile, Taylor & Francis’ F1000 Research was one of the original 75 organizations to sign DORA.
“It is increasingly clear that for researchers to achieve real-world outcomes for their research, they should be measured on the quality and broad impact of their work,” said Heather St. Pierre, Director of Product Management at Taylor & Francis. “The quality and impact of an individual research article should always be assessed on its own merits. For those reasons it has been great to work with our partners at Atypon to deliver a broad range of metrics to help researchers to understand the reach and impact of their work.”