Intended to provide an europe-wide reference, this code addresses  the proper conduct and principled practice of systematic research in the medical, natural and social sciences and the humanities. It was established in 2010 by 31 research funding and performing organisations from 22 countries, together with All European Academies (ALLEA).

First document of a series released by different working groups as  a  basis for further  discussions. The ESF presents here the basic ideas for the need to capture information about the progress, productivity and quality of research and whether these systems are already in place or need to be established.

This document describes the complex field of assessing the impact of research. Pros and cons of different methodologies are discussed focusing on impact assessment in relation to public research funding.

The work of this group is the extension of a previous working group on this topic and completed the previous guidelines in respect to research output. e.g. publication, intellectual property, commercialisation…