The Bibliometric Indicator of Research

The bibliometric indicator of research is designed to measure the research publications of Danish universities and it will be used in a new model for funding the universities. This new model, in which the the bibliometric indicator has a 25% weight, determines each university's share of the state budget. It will be fully implemented in 2012.

The bibliometric indicator is based on authoritative lists of scientific journals and scientific publishers that employ peer review. The list of peer reviewed journals is divided into two levels; ordinary peer reviewed journals belong to level one while higher quality journals belong to level two. 80% of the journal articles are allocated to level one. The list of publishers will also be split into two levels, but this division has been put on hold for 2009 and 2010.

The following publication types will be counted: scientific monographs, scientific journal articles, scientific contributions to anthologies, granted patents, PhD theses and doctoral theses. Monographs, contributions to anthologies and journal articles will only be counted if the publisher or journal appears on the authoritative lists of publishers and journals (Excel spreadsheets). A contribution to an anthology that is part of a series with an ISSN will count as a journal article (see below what this means in terms of publication points).
Each publication counted results in a certain amount of points and the total amount of publication points each university obtains is used to calculate the university's share of the budget money.

A scientific journal article scores 1 point if published in a level one journal and 3 points if published in a level two journal.
A scientific monograph published in 2008 to 2010 scores 6 points. If published in 2011 or later a monograph scores either 5 or 8 points depending on the level of the publisher.
A scientific contribution to an anthology published in 2008 to 2010 scores 0.75 points. If published in 2011 or later it scores either 0.5 or 2 points.
A PhD thesis scores 2 points and a doctorate thesis 5 points.
A granted patent scores 1 publication point.

For publications with more than one author, where the authors come from different universities, the points earned must be divided between the universities according to the numbers of authors from each university. In such cases, the amount of points is multiplied by 1.25. Thus, a journal article with two authors both from university A earns the university 1 point while a journal article with one author from university A and one from University B earns each university 0.625 points. A lower limit applies so that no matter the number of authors and universities involved, each university's share will be at least 1/10 of the points.

One publication point obtained in 2008 earns the university the amount of DKK 1.700 in 2010. One point obtained in 2009 is expected to be worth approximately DKK 15.000 in 2011 and the value of a publication point obtained in 2010 will be approximately DKK 30.000 in 2012.