European Political Science

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 364–378

An Outline of the Bibliometric Indicator Used for Performance-Based Funding of Research Institutions in Norway


    • Royal School of Library and Information Science

DOI: 10.1057/eps.2009.19

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Schneider, J. Eur Polit Sci (2009) 8: 364. doi:10.1057/eps.2009.19


This article outlines and discusses the bibliometric indicator used for performance-based funding of research institutions in Norway. It is argued that the indicator is novel and innovative as compared to the indicators used in other funding models. It compares institutions based on all their publication-based research activities across all disciplines. Specific incentives are given to researchers to focus their publication behaviour on the most ‘prestigious’ publication channels within the different fields. Such aims necessitate a documentation system based on high-quality data, and require differentiated publication counts as the basic measure. Experience until now suggests that the indicator works as intended.


bibliometric indicatorsperformance-based fundingresearch institutionspublication counts

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