The division of Scientific Communication is active in the field of bibliometrics and has the following tasks and responsibilities:
A number of indicators for measuring scientific impact have been developed in the field of bibliometrics. Most of these are based on different ways of measuring the number of citations of publications from a specified unit (e.g. a department or university). If publications from the evaluated unit are cited often, this indicates that the published research findings have had an impact on the scientific community.
Since the beginning of the 1980’s, bibliometric analysis has become an increasingly important tool in research evaluation. In several countries, including Australia, United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Norway, bibliometric indicators are used by national funding councils in assessments of higher education.
With the passing of the government bill “A Boost to Research and Innovation” (2008/09:50), the Swedish government has decided to go in the same direction and is now using a bibliometric indicator in the national research funding framework. Ten percent of the regular research funds to universities and university colleges are now distributed using performance indicators. Half of these funds are based on the amount of external funding the institutions have been able to attract; the other half is based on a bibliometric indicator which has been developed for this specific purpose.
Last updated: October 29, 2009
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