Wiley Signs Declaration on Research Assessment, Deepens Commitment to Responsible Research Assessment

Hoboken NJ – WEBWIRE

Global research and education leader Wiley announced it has signed the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which is a world-wide initiative designed to improve the ways in which the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated. 

As the publisher of nearly 2,000 academic journals, Wiley will deliver more ways to assess and recognize research outputs, which in turn supports healthy scholarship and allows more researchers to thrive in their careers. To this end, Wiley will roll out a broad range of journal and article metrics across its journal portfolio with the aim of providing a holistic, well-rounded view of the value and impact of any author’s research. This includes metrics that measure levels of impact beyond citation value, including usage, re-use, reproducibility, peer review assessment, geographic reach, and public recognition via references in media outlets.

“There should be appropriate and diverse means of recognition for every piece of research that adds educational value, adds to the body of knowledge, and supports reproducibility, to become the foundation of future discovery,” said Liz Ferguson, Senior Vice President, Wiley Research Publishing. “At Wiley, researchers are at the heart of everything we do, and we aim to support equitable systems of advancement and reward for our authors across all disciplines.”

“I welcome Wiley’s decision to sign DORA, a clear signal of its support for responsible research assessment practices. Publishers are very influential players in the scholarly ecosystem and I look forward to seeing how Wiley’s implementation of the DORA recommendations will positively impact both the company and the academic community it serves,” said Dr. Stephen Curry, DORA Chair.

This announcement builds on Wiley’s commitment to responsible research assessment. Wiley is a long-term participant in the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC), which makes all reference or citation metadata publicly available. This practice supports discovery, use, citation, and re-use thereby increasing the recognition and impact of an author’s work.

Approximately 200 Wiley journals enable the CRediT taxonomy, which acknowledges individual author contributions. In recent years, Wiley has rolled out Altmetric scores across the majority of its journal portfolio and is currently piloting the scite smart citation badge on over 115 journals.


About Wiley

Wiley is a global leader in research and education, unlocking human potential by enabling discovery, powering education, and shaping workforces. For over 200 years, Wiley has fuelled the world’s knowledge ecosystem. Today, our high-impact content, platforms, and services help researchers, learners, institutions, and corporations achieve their goals in an ever-changing world. Visit us at Wiley.com

New Research: 73% of Wisconsin’s Black Children Lived in Financial Hardship Pre-Pandemic

 The majority of Wisconsin’s Black and Hispanic children — 73% and 57% respectively — lived in households that couldn’t afford the basics in 2019, compared to 29% of white children, according to a new report from United Way of Kenosha County (UWKC) and its research partner United For ALICE.

ALICE in Focus: Children reveals the disproportionate impact of financial hardship on the state’s Black and Hispanic children, while also challenging the reliance on federal poverty guidelines for eligibility for assistance programs. The report finds traditional measures of poverty have severely undercounted the number of children of all races ages 18 and younger in Wisconsin who are growing up in financially insecure households.

While 12% of all children in the state were deemed in poverty in 2019, the report shows that 26% – more than twice as many – lived in families defined as ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). ALICE households earn more than the Federal Poverty Level, but less than what it costs to live and work in the modern economy. Combined, 38% of Wisconsin’s children lived in households below the ALICE Threshold, with income that doesn’t meet the basic costs of housing, child care, health care, transportation and a smartphone plan.

“Undercounting the number of children who are at risk can have lifelong consequences,” says Carolynn Friesch, chief executive officer at UWKC. “Thousands of children are locked out of receiving critical supports for stable housing, food, and quality education, all of which can inhibit healthy child development.”

Because ALICE households often earn too much to qualify for public assistance, the report finds that more than 297,000 at-risk children didn’t access the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP. Wisconsin lags behind its neighbors with just 37% of at-risk children enrolled in SNAP, compared with 42% in Illinois, 41% in Michigan and 39% in Iowa.

Other findings from ALICE in Focus: Children include:

· Having two working parents didn’t guarantee financial stability: Among households with two working adults, 23% of Wisconsin children were living in families whose income didn’t meet the cost of basic needs in 2019.

· Among households below the ALICE Threshold, families of Black children had the lowest homeownership rate at 9% in comparison with 59% of families of white children.

· Nearly 132,289 children in households earning below the ALICE Threshold had no high-speed internet access at home.

“Having accurate, complete data is the foundation for designing equitable solutions,” said United For ALICE National Director Stephanie Hoopes, Ph.D. “COVID-19 hit ALICE families so much harder than others because they struggle to build savings yet often don’t qualify for financial assistance.”

According to the new research, 32% of Wisconsin families below the ALICE Threshold reported in the fall of 2021 that their children “sometimes or often” didn’t have enough to eat, in contrast with 14% of higher income families.

More data is available through the ALICE in Focus: Children interactive data dashboard – which provides filters for regional and local geographies, age, race, disability status, living arrangements and household work status. Visit UnitedForALICE.org/Focus-Children.

ALICE in Focus: Children is the first installment in the ALICE in Focus Research Series, which draws from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) Public Use Microdata Samples (PUMS). Each installment in the series will highlight a specific segment within the ALICE demographic. Upcoming topics include people with disabilities and veterans.

About UWKC

United Way of Kenosha County fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person. For almost 100 years, UWKC has created positive change throughout Kenosha County by mobilizing the caring power of the community, improving lives, and striving for lasting, positive transformation. Through partnerships and collaborations, UWKC both supports local initiatives with an annual community investment process and manages programs such as Readers are Leaders, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, SingleCare Prescription Discounts and more.

About United For ALICE

United For ALICE is a driver of innovation, research and action to improve life across the country for ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and for all. Through the development of the ALICE measurements, a comprehensive, unbiased picture of financial hardship has emerged. Harnessing this data and research on the mismatch between low-paying jobs and the cost of survival, ALICE partners convene, advocate and collaborate on solutions that promote financial stability at local, state and national levels. This grassroots ALICE movement, led by United Way of Northern New Jersey, has spread to 24 states and includes United Ways, corporations, nonprofits and foundations in Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., West Virginia and Wisconsin; we are United For ALICE. For more information, visit: UnitedForALICE.org.


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Canada – Health Research Training Platforms


As the pandemic has shown, Canada relies on its scientists to help us respond to and recover from health emergencies and uncover the scientific evidence we need to tackle other health challenges. That is why it is critical that we invest in the next generation of Canada’s health researchers.

As the pandemic has shown, Canada relies on its scientists to help us respond to and recover from health emergencies and uncover the scientific evidence we need to tackle other health challenges. That is why it is critical that we invest in the next generation of Canada’s health researchers.

To support the health research leaders of tomorrow, the Government of Canada and its partners are investing $31.1M over six years to support 13 new Health Research Training Platforms (HRTP), a pilot program that will embed early career researchers and trainees in collaborative health research teams with the goal of increasing their career prospects and building Canadian health research capacity. The funding as well as in-kind support is being provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the B.C. Women’s Health Foundation, Egale Canada, Mitacs, and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Through HRTP, participants will conduct research while receiving extensive mentorship and training that goes beyond what standard research training programs usually offer, covering academic, science policy, and professional development skills, such as grant writing, project management, science communication, interdisciplinary research, open science, and knowledge mobilization, among other areas. Participants will also be trained in the science of conducting diverse and inclusive research, such as respecting Indigenous Ways of Knowing, incorporating sex- and gender-based considerations in research and recognizing unconscious bias.

This investment helps fill a gap in the career development opportunities available to trainees and early career researchers. Participants will develop skills that will increase their employability and set them up for success in careers that span academia and beyond. As a pilot program, CIHR plans to take the lessons learned into consideration for future enhancements to its capacity development activities.

Funded Health Research Training Platforms

Nominated Principal Investigator
Platform Name
Total Funding

Nicole Letourneau

University of Calgary
Alliance against Violence and Adversity (AVA): Health and Social Services Research Training Platform for System and Population Transformations in Girls’ and Women’s Health

Amy Metcalfe

University of Calgary
GROWW (Guiding interdisciplinary Research On cis- and trans-gender Women’s and girls health and Wellbeing)

Rebecca Pillai Riddell

York University
DIVERT Mental Health: The Digital, Inclusive, Virtual, and Equitable Research Training in Mental Health Platform

Susan Samuel

University of Calgary
Empowering Next-generation Researchers in perinatal and Child Health (ENRICH)

Dominique Piquette

Sunnybrook Research Institute
The Life-Threatening Illness National Group (LifTING) Research Training Platform: Spanning Boundaries Between Research and Care

Robert Alexander University of Alberta
Kidney Research Scientist Core Education and Training Program 2.0

Nicola Jones

Hospital for Sick Children
Training Researchers In the Next generation in Gastroenterology and Liver (TRIANGLE)

Andre Tchernof Universite Laval
Training platform in diabetes, obesity and cardiometabolic health

Alex Mihailidis University of Toronto
Early Professionals, Inspired Careers in AgeTech (EPIC-AT) Health Research Training Program

Laura Rosella University of Toronto
Artificial Intelligence for Public Health (AI4PH) Training Platform

Daniel Grace University of Toronto
2SLGBTQ+ Health Hub

Anick Berard

CHU Sainte-Justine
The CAnadian Mother-ChIld COLlaborative Training Platform – The CAMCCO-L Training Platform

Eric Smith

University of Calgary
Health Research Training to Address Vascular Contributions to Cognitive Decline: the Vascular Training (VAST) Platform

Japan – Value Research Center (VRC) develops Value Model integrating ESG and Sustainability Measures

The Value Research Center (VRC) has launched an integrated Value Model with ESG and Sustainability measures in a new white paper issued today. With the shift from short term, profit-focused thinking towards long-term, sustainable, value-focused thinking, businesses globally need to answer a fundamental question: “What value are you providing our collective future?”

A Value Model for Responsible Business: The new Value Research Center (VRC) white paper was officially released today. The VRC initiative is aimed at improving company performance and social impact.

The VRC at Doshisha University was established in November 2021 to create a Value Model that could guide any company to answer this question, so ensuring a more sustainable future. The VRC published its initial white paper, “Valuing Value”, in June 2021, integrating 357 impact measurements from 15 of the world’s top ESG and sustainability frameworks and developing a 7-stakeholder, 27-theme, 80-goal model to help businesses objectively and transparently measure and manage the value impacts that they have on their key stakeholders.

The VRC’s new white paper entitled “A Value Model for Responsible Business”, integrates an additional 346 impact measurements from 6 new frameworks into the initial model. These 6 frameworks include the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) Prototype Climate-related disclosures; Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) guidance on metrics, targets and transition plans; Stockholm Resilience Center’s Planetary Boundaries; United Nations Development Program (UNDP) SDG Impact Standards for Enterprises; International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standards; and Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) climate disclosures.

The white paper is available for download: https://www.valueresearchcenter.com/2022whitepaper

Professor Philip Sugai, Director of the VRC, says “Our team analyzed hundreds of existing impact measurements and organized these into 27 common themes with 81 goals that any company, regardless of size, industry or location can use to measure, manage and use to consistently increase the value they create for stakeholders. Unlike existing ESG or sustainability reporting models, the VRC Value Model offers companies the ability to track their actual stakeholder impacts, using this data to create forward-looking strategies aimed at further increasing the value they create for and with these stakeholders.”

Masato Yamazaki, Professor Emeritus of Economics at Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and VRC operating council member, said “The Value Model that our VRC research team offers is a more advanced approach than any other sustainability model or approach in existence today, since it can automatically help identify the root causes of the problems companies face via well-developed assessment tools.”

“What is needed in sustainability efforts today goes beyond simple reporting,” says Dr. Kumar Iyer, Mentor for Value Creation and VRC operating council member. “The VRC Value Model is based on objective metrics and quantifiable indicators which can be independently verified. This is uniquely different from any other sustainability reporting approach as it is directly linked to creating social impact.

About the Value Research Center (VRC)

The Value Research Center (VRC) was officially established at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan in 2021. The VRC is mandated to research and develop an open, accessible and transparent system for assessing and reporting on value creation (destruction) impacts that organizations of every size have over seven stakeholder groups: (1) the organization itself, (2) shareholders or owners, (3) customers, (4) employees, (5) partners, (6) the society within which it operates, and (7) the planet.

The VRC ensures that all relevant stakeholders which businesses impact are covered by assessment, and regularly updated based on scientific data. As part of the Doshisha University network, we bear the reputation of our parent and its stature as a global organization affiliated with world leading Universities that we call partners. Learn about VRC and its research at https://www.valueresearchcenter.com, or email Prof Philip Sugai at info@valueresearchcen

Joint Research Shows that DENSO’s Microalga, Coccomyxa sp. KJ Has Virucidal Effect against COVID-19

Chubu University, Tokai University, Tohoku University School of Medicine and DENSO Corporation have found that monogalactosyl diacylglyceride (MGDG), a component contained in the chloroplasts of a microalga called Coccomyxa sp. KJ(1), has a virucidal effect(2) against COVID-19.
Coccomyxa sp. KJ is a fast-growing, vigorous, and easy-to-cultivate microalga. The plant contains not only abundant nutrients, including vitamins and amino acids, but also unique characteristics, such as suppressing an increase in the bacteria that cause periodontal disease. Moreover, in 2019, it was found that MGDG contained in Coccomyxa sp. KJ breaks the envelope membranes(3) of herpesviruses and has a virucidal effect against the viruses.

Recently, the three universities and DENSO discovered that MGDG contained in Coccomyxa sp. KJ also has a virucidal effect against COVID-19. The group will also research whether this microalga MGDG has a virucidal effect against influenza viruses, human coronaviruses, and other viruses with envelope membranes other than herpesviruses and COVID-19.

The results of the research may lead to the development of products that effectively counter COVID-19 and other viruses. The three universities and DENSO will continue to conduct this research to expand the scope of measures for preventing infectious diseases to contribute to society.

As an academia-industry collaboration project with the grant number JPMJTR204H, the research was conducted with support from the Adaptable and Seamless Technology Transfer Program through Target-driven R&D (A-STEP) funded by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).

(1) Coccomyxa sp. KJ is a registered trademark of DENSO Corporation. This microalga was developed by DENSO jointly with Kyoto University. “Stories,” one of the DENSO-owned media, also features the plant: bit.ly/3JDGt38
(2) Virucidal effect means destroying the ability of viruses to infect cells.
(3) Envelope membranes are found in virus particles.

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