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Researchers and research publications are continually evaluated. Research is also subject to performance-based funding. Therefore, it is important to have knowledge about the evaluation of the main performance parameters.

Research evaluation is increasingly being operated by data and not by expert assessments. Because of this, possessing knowledge about where to publish and register your publications is vital. To support researchers and managers, five experts have proposed 10 principles for the evaluation of research performance.



Identifying key performance parameters for active researchers has always been problematic. Evaluation and comparison of researchers who are working in a given field is a necessity since these are vying for the same limited resources, promotions, awards or scholarships in scientific academies. Whatever method we use to assess the value of a researcher's individual contributions, it will be simple, fair and transparent.

Citation Indices
  • Citation Mapping via Web of Science
  • Co-Author Visualizer via Scopus
  • Google Scholar
  • H-index
  • Alternative indices


Journal metrics measures the influence of academic journals. Common for all of the journals is that they aim to contribute in creating rankings and in giving insight into the importance of journals based on citation analysis. Different measurement systems use different methods and data sources, thus several perspectives may be offered on the same academic publishing landscape.

Web of Science
  • Journal Citation Reports
  • Impact Factors
  • 5-years Impact Factors
  • Cited Half-Life
  • Article Influence Score
  • EigenFactor Score (uses data from WoS)
  • Scopus Journal Analyzer
  • SCImagoJR
  • SNIP and SJIR
  • Altmetrics
The Norwegian register of publication channels
  • Subject-specific lists

Use in applications

In applications for research funding, one may be required to attach publication evaluations to the bibliographic information. Examples:

  • Number of citations (Scopus, Web of Science and Google Scholar)
  • H-index
  • Highly cited articles
  • Journals with high rankings

Useful links




Visualization Tools




Getting Started

If you want to know more about bibliometrics and how it can be used in your unit, you can contact the local research advisor or the Department of Research and Development by Tanja Strøm.