University of Bern signs LERU statement and DORA

By signing the statement issued by LERU and DORA, the University of Bern confirms to further support the transition of publications to Open Access and to follow the recommendations about the appropriate assessment of scientific research.

The statement  "Christmas is over. Research funding should go to research, not to publishers!" released by the League of European Research Universities (LERU) calls on the European Commission to take forward initiatives in Open Access in order to stop universities paying significant parts of their budgets to publishers instead of spending it on research and education.

The "San Francisco declaration on research assessment (DORA)" calls for the improvement of the ways in which the output of scientific research is evaluated. Scientific output is to be measured by further instruments than questionable ones such as the Journal Impact Factor that takes into account only the peer-reviewed research paper as a central research output.