The Performance-based Funding Model: Creating New Research Databases in Sweden and Norway
2013 (English)In: Ariadne, ISSN 1361-3197, E-ISSN 1361-3200, Vol. July 2013, no 71Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The introduction of performance-based funding models (PRFS) has helped to set the focus on scientific publishing since this is one of the major indicators for measuring research output. As a secondary result it has also forced the countries that has introduced a model that is not solely based on citations to create a new form of research database; the national portal for scientific literature.
Even in countries that has not adapted a PRFS model these forms of portals are common. In Sweden, the national database has been the result of local universities and higher education institutions efforts of having a mutual search interface to the different local repositories that has emerged. The repositories are sometimes created to support a local funding model but the most common reason is simply to disseminate scientific publishing.
The contribution of publications that cannot be found in the international citation indexes are substantial even for peer-reviewed publications especially for literature in the Humanities and the Social Sciences but also in Natural sciences by adding a lot of conference papers that otherwise is not recognized. This can be seen as a side effect of the discussions of introducing PRFS models. Even if not all publications are meeting the criteria for being regarded as scientific, a big part is still added to the base of publications that can be analyzed from a PRFS perspective.
The incentive to disseminate search results is the other driving force for the national catalogues and in this case the portals are playing an important role since many of the publications mainly written in domestic language otherwise seldom are visible for other researchers and the public.
The conclusions are that the national catalogues or portals has an important role to play in the new scientific landscape as both broadening the base for analyzing scientific publishing as well as disseminating research.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. July 2013, no 71
Bibliographic Databases, Sweden, Norway, Performance-based Funding Models, Repositories
Research subject Library and Information Science
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