Open letter to the Minister of Education, Science, and Technological Development: Please provide research normative and ethical integrity of the system of evaluation of researchers
Abstract: In this document the minister is urged to provide legal and ethical integrity of the system of evaluation of researchers. The extensive argumentation for a negative assessment of the evaluation system is offered. It was shown that the system is open to various forms of misconduct, such as earning evaluation points by publishing in predatory journals, printing duplicate publications, plagiarism, etc. The most severe forms of misconduct are described and illustrated with examples. The argumentation is mainly based on the results of CEES studies of the misconduct in research publishing. It was stated that abuses are encouraged by inadequate regulations of the Ministry. Therefore, the minister is required to rectify shortcomings of regulations, presently in the process of innovation, in order to establish a full legal and ethical integrity of the evaluation system. At the same time, he is offered numerous suggestions on how to improve the system. The letter was published in the form of petition, which was signed in only one week's time by about 1000 researchers from Serbia and Serbian diaspora.