Policy for the Responsible use of Metrics in Research Assessment

This policy sets out the University of Liverpool’s approach to the use of metrics in research assessment. Its scope is necessarily high-level, and it is expected that particular situations (eg metrics usage for the reading programme or particular metric use in individual research units) may require additional supporting documentation which will be developed when necessary.

It is recognised that the use and usefulness of metrics vary widely across subject areas. This policy applies to the use of metrics for University staff and research students for internal evaluation purposes and in support of their aims and development.

In our Strategy 2026, we have affirmed our aim of generating and demonstrating world-leading research excellence and outstanding impact and supporting a large, thriving community of researchers. The University recognises that the responsible and ethical use of metrics has the potential to help improve the visibility and the impact of its research and ensures fair assessment of researchers. This policy outlines how the University uses metrics related to research outputs and complements the Code of Practice for the Annual Assessment of Individual Research Performance.

The University of Liverpool is a signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) which outlines a number of recommendations around the use of metrics. This means that as an institution we have committed to avoiding the use of journal-based metrics as surrogate measures of the quality of research in decision-making for funding, appointing and promoting staff, and to assess contributions of individual researchers, and instead assess research based on its own merits. 

The Policy for the Responsible use of Metrics in Research Assessment can be viewed here.

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