Publication points and reward of publications at level 1 and 2

Scientific publications are accredited in the form of publication points. NMBUs research-based allocations over the national budget are dependent on the number of accrued publication points. In the calculation of publication points, scientific works are ranked according to form of publication, level and  nubmer of authors. 

Publication points and reward of publications at level 1 and 2

New method of calculating publication points.

The Government is proposing a new method by which to calculate publication points. The intention is to make the scheme more academically neutral. The background for this is that the Danish Center for Research Analysis at Aarhus University conducted an evaluation of the Norwegian publication indicator in 2013. They found that the indicator fails to give equal weight to scientific/academic areas when it measures productivity. Academic fields in the humanities and social sciences are deemed to be more productive than the natural sciences and medicine and health when measured using the present indicator.

The new method of calculation will apply to allocations to academic institutions from the national budget beginning in 2017. Scientific publications reported for 2015 will be used as the basis for this new calculating method. The new calculating method entails no changes pertaining to reporting of scientific works in CRIStin.  

Changes in the method of calculation:

  • The institution’s share will be replaced by the square root of the institution’s share
  • The factor for international co-authorship will be changed from 1.25 to 1.3 in all academic sectors 

The new method of calculation is intended to have the following consequences:

  • A more academically neutral publication indicator
  • Increased stimulation of cooperation in scientific publication, both nationally and internationally
  • Counteraction of listing more authors than logically reasonable in a single publication
  • Greater difficulties than previously in using the indicator at the individual level

Publication at levels 1 and 2:

Scientific publication is rewarded based on levels 1 and 2. Level 2 yields the highest reward. Publication channels at level 2 are intended to be understood as the highest leaders in broad academic contexts and those who publish the most influential publications by researchers from a number of different countries. The channels at level 2 will publish about one-fifth of the publications (at national level) within an academic field.

Level 1:

Level 2:

  • The publications council (NPU) of the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions (UHR) decides which publication channels are to be placed at Level 2 after they are proposed by the academic bodies in UHR. 
  • Proposals may be addressed to the individual academic field’s representatives or chairperson (see link in right margin)

Points for publication:

Each publication is assigned a number of publication points depending on the form of publication and level (see below). These points are distributed between all authors, including those who work in the department sector or at foreign institutions. 

If an institution is to be accredited with publication points for a publication, it must be registered inCRIStin. 

Category of publication

Points for publication:

Level 1

Level 2

Journal publication: - Scientific article

1

3

Journal publication: - Scientific overview article/review

1

3

Book: - Scientific monograph

5

8

Book: - Academic commentated edition

5

8

Part of book/report: - Scientific chapter/ article (in an anthology)

0.7

1

Scientific/academic publications that are accredited with publication points:

  • Present new insight
  • Are primarily written for a researcher readership
  • Are written in a form that renders the results verifiable or applicable in new research
  • Are published in a publication channel (periodical, series, book publisher, website) and are peer-reviewed. 

Examples of publications that do not qualify for publication points:

  • Textbooks
  • Books targeting the general lay market
  • Popular science books, expository non-fiction
  • Work reports and memorandums
  • Reference books
  • Factual prose/technical literature that is not based on original research
  • Fiction
  • Translations
  • PhD theses
Published 27. November 2015 - 9:46 - Updated 3. July 2017 - 14:04