The European Union as head and guarantor of a model to assess and disseminate scientific knowledge production

The article introduces and explains a model that could be used to assess and disseminate publicly-financed scientific activity more effectively. The pyramidal model would take as its head the European Union or an EU-dependent body charged with appraising the scientific knowledge produced by the EU's member states and their different administrative regions, and making this knowledge more visible. Inspired by the San Francisco Declaration, the model provides an alternative to using journal impact factor as a quality measure by reinstating the peer review process and incorporating the information generated by publicly-financed scientific activity into a repository with different quality levels.