How can authors optimize their dissemination and enhance their research in order to demonstrate quantifiable and meaningful indicators of impact that transcend traditional scientific output measures? What strategies can authors utilize to reach audiences such as funding organizations, colleagues, healthcare providers, policy-makers, students, governmental bodies, the media, consumers, professional organizations and potential clinical trial participants? What options are available for authors to promote resource sharing and publishing productivity?
The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) discusses the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scientific research are evaluated. This was a collaborative initiative by the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) and a group of editors and publishers of scholarly journals who are concerned about the appropriate assessment of scientific research. Read the declaration here.