In a plenary presentation at the September 2016 OECD Blue Sky III meeting in Ghent Belgium, Manuel Heitor Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal, cited the Leiden Manifesto as furthering a central debate in research assessment.
Since the last Blue Sky Forum in Ottawa, 2006, a set of major international declarations and movements have been promoted worldwide to call for new policy actions about the need to give priority to changes in research assessment practices and, above all, in scientific and academic career development paths. . . .
Although this debate started in the nineties, only in recent years the need to promote further reflection has been effectively recognized, as a result of excessive proliferation of ill--‐ informed and misapplied metrics. This has been clearly addressed in a set of major international reports and declarations, including the San Francisco Declaration of 2012, the Commission Recommendations on Self--‐Regulation in Professional Science of the German DFG, in 2013, and the Leiden Manifesto44 of April 2015. The principles set out in these documents emphasize the importance of peer review and best practices based on an integrated and responsible vision of research contents.
Source: Heitor, M. (2016) What do we need to measure to foster “Knowledge as Our Common Future”? A Position Paper, presented at OECD Blue Sky II, Ghent, Belgium, September