Council Conclusions on research assessment and implementation of open science

The conclusions deal with Reform of research assessment systems in Europe, European approach and capacities for academic publishing and scholarly communication, Development of multilingualism for European scholarly publications.

The conclusions emphasise the importance of applying Open Science principles which should be appropriately rewarded in researchers’ careers with researchers themselves to be at the core of this evolution.

The following principles are suggested (while respecting the autonomy of research institutions and the freedom of scientific research, as well as the diversity of national and disciplinary contexts, and taking into account their consistency with international initiatives):

  • a. moving to a more balanced approach between the quantitative and the qualitative evaluation of research, by strengthening the qualitative research assessment indicators while developing the responsible use of quantitative indicators;
  • b. recognising all forms of research and innovation output and processes, including inter alia, datasets, software, codes, methodologies, protocols and patents, and not only publications; STRESSES that data should be findable, accessible, interoperable and re-usable, in line with the FAIR principles;
  • c. taking into consideration diverse career pathways and all research and innovation activities, including mentoring, leadership roles, entrepreneurship, data management, teaching, knowledge valorisation, industry-academia cooperation, support for evidence-informed policy making, interaction with society, including citizen science and public engagement;
  • d. taking into consideration the specificities of the various research disciplines, the range from basic to applied research, the stages of research careers and the missions of research institutions;
  • e. ensuring that ethics and integrity are accorded the highest priority and are not compromised by counter-incentives;
  • f. ensuring diversity, gender equality, and actively promoting women in science;



Document type
  • Policy/Strategy


Publication Year


Geographical focus
  • Europe
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • General

Entry created by Elke Dall on June 14, 2022
Modified on June 14, 2022