To the attention of reviewing panels: On the recent policy of FCT of using ORCIDSCOPUS to assess individual and research units’ bibliographic productivity and impact.
In the present evaluation cycle, FCT has introduced, after publication of the regulations and in the middle of the period of submission of the evaluation reports, the mandatory use of the ORCID generic identifier for bibliographic production. The ORCID concept is itself open, admitting to be fed from diverse indexers and DBs, and may constitute an interesting principle to have a normalized handle to access individuals’ bibliographic production and impact. However, the FCT has further decided to confine the feeding of the researchers’ portfolio to the SCOPUS database only. We have stated our extreme worries to the FCT about how this decision might negatively affect the fairness and equity of the ongoing review.