In 2019 the Amsterdam Law School updated its appointment and career policy for academic personnel (exl. PPLE). The most important topics in this update are:
In 2019 the quality indicators for legal research have been adjusted to better assess the quality and the societal relevance of academic research. The indicators should:
In 2017 the Dutch national law has been changed in order to extent the so called right of promotion (‘ius promovendi’) to non-professors. With this adjustment the Dutch academic system is synchronised with other countries/international standards. The UvA chose to extent the ius promovendi to Associate Professors and the Amsterdam Law School has implemented that decision.
Within the academic community there is a continuous search for new approaches in order to ‘recognise and reward’ academics. Both universities, university medical centers as well as research institutes and research funders are engaged in this process. Collaboratively they are working on redefining existing frameworks for the recognition and rewarding of academics.
In short, these new approaches cover 3 basic domains:
Both the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) as well as the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) have signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). This is a worldwide initiative with the key aim to evaluate research and researchers on their merits (quality and impact), instead of on bibliometric indicators (such as publications and citations). DORA is part of research assessments as it is included in the new Strategy Evaluation Protocol 2021-2027. Besides academic journal articles, other outputs with scientific and/or societal impact should be taken into account when evaluating the quality of a research unit and also open research practices should be valued. Following the protocol, research quality will need to be demonstrated by a narrative argument (case studies).