University medical research launches criteria

Joan Subirats, Minister of Universities.

the Ministry of Universities published this Wednesday in the Official State Gazette (BOE) the new specific criteria for evaluating the research activity of teaching staff, including that related to biomedical sciences and other branches of health sciences.

As stated in the resolution published by the Official State Gazette (BOE), the evaluation of scientific activity constitutes “a regulated process in which the quality criteria which serve as the basis for the evaluation are established in its lines general and with orientations in the ordinance of December 2, 1994. “The application of the evaluation criteria, established in the aforementioned provisions, is carried out by advisory committees and specialized expertswho interpret and adapt them to each case according to their technical assessment,” he explains.

Among the general criteria for all fields, universities establish that professors must submit five contributions and two substitutes. These will only be of value “if they translate into real progress in knowledge”, warns the department which directs Joan Subirat, who adds that the work must not be “simply descriptiveor “reiterations of previous work, except in cases where they clearly contribute to the consolidation of knowledge”.

“The indexing of a publication in a certain bibliographic directory or database will infer the scientific quality of the works it contains and will serve as guiding criteria for its possible positive evaluation, although the mere fact of indexing is not the only criterion that determines the positive evaluation of a work that appears in said publication, which will depend on the scientific content”, continues the new regulation.

Biomedical patent filing

The resolution issued this Wednesday by the Ministry of Universities includes a separate section for certain areas, such as Biomedical sciences. As stated in the text, all contributions from their teachers “should be classifiable as ordinary”. Applications that present patents can be evaluated, after the report of the committee, by area 6 (Engineering and Architecture).

“In patents, it will be valued if they are in exploitationdemonstrated by means of an agreement of sale or license agreement,” the settlement continues.

Concerning patents issued without being exploited, they will only be valued if the concession has been made with previous exam (type B2). The extension of patent protection (national, European, international) will be taken into account, the most extensive protection being valued more, and in any case by field 6.

The number of signatories must be justified by the subject, its complexity and length. As a general rule, a high number of authors will imply the application of a reduction factor in the evaluation of the work, if its content and methodological requirements do not justify it. It will not apply when the applicant is the first, the last or the author of the correspondence. A contribution in which the candidate is not the author signatory of the same, but is included in a working group, consortium of multiple collaborations, which is usually listed in the appendix of the work, will not be considered as a contribution.

Likewise, articles published in journals of recognized value will be evaluated, accepting as such those that occupy relevant positions in the list corresponding to their scientific category in the “Journal Citation Reports (JCR), Science Edition”.

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