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Dissemination and publication


Cristin (Current Research InformationSysTem in Norway) documents and makes your research visible. Cristin is also used to provide data on scientific publications to the Ministry of Education.


  1. Registration of research activity
  2. Publication indicator
  3. Dissemination points
  4. Deadlines
  5. Crediting
  6. Dispute bodies for publication data

Registration of research activity

Registering project information

As of October 1, all project managers associated with Cristin are obliged to use the Research Council's project number when registering articles in the database. See the instruction for registering the Research Council's project number in Cristin.

You can also register project information in Cristin. More information about this can be found in the project guide (R&D handbook).

Cristin contacts

Each faculty has Cristin contacts /super users who guide and inform about how to register and upload full text versions in Cristin. These quality assure the registered data which is reported to DBH (Database for Statistics on Higher Education).

Publication type and level

Overview of publication type and level
Category  Weight: Level 1  Weight: Level 2
 Monography  5  8
 Article in anthology  0,7  1
 Article in periodicals and series  1  3




Dissemination points

Remember to register all your publications in Cristin.

Achieved dissemination points give credits to the faculty / institute through the college's internal model for the allocation of the R&D component's incentive part in the state budget allocation

Through the allocation of dissemination points, activity which is not supported by state funding gets promoted. Departments and not individuals are awarded the funds.

Dissemination points in Cristin

Main category

Sub category


 Journal publication

Popular science article 

Feature article


Conference contributions and academic presentation

Scientific lecture 
Academic lecture
Popular scientific lecture


 Meda contributions

Programme presenter
Programme participant


 Artistic and museum presentation

 Museum Exhibition
 Architect Exhibition
 Art Exhibition
 Web Exhibition


 Other  3


 Text book
 Academic book




Crediting (authorship / contributorship)

The main rule for crediting institutions in a scientific publication is as follows:

  1. An institution must be listed as an author in a publication if it has provided a necessary contribution to - or the basis for - an author's contribution to the published work.
  2. The same author must also list other institutions as authors if every one of these fulfills the requirement in point 1.
  3. An employment or supervisory responsibility may be considered as the basis for crediting an institution if the requirement in point 1 is fulfilled.

Crediting OsloMet employees

When an employee at OsloMet is the sole author or co-author of a publication, the author's address must be "OsloMet - storbyuniversitetet" or  "OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University", provided that the publication is a product of work performed in the position at OsloMet. The sub-units' name (faculties, institutes, centers, etc.) may also be included if desired.

The same author must also credit other institutions in the publication if the requirement in point 1 of the main rule is met.

When using two or more institutional author addresses, these must be listed as follows: "OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University and XXX Institution", or the equivalent in other languages.

The address where the author has his/her main position must be listed first.

Crediting candidates for OsloMet’s PhD programmes

PhD candidates employed at OsloMet must list OsloMet as the author address, as must other academic staff, provided that the publication is a product of work performed in the position at OsloMet.

The same author must also credit other institutions in the publication if the requirement in point 1 of the main rule is met. 

Externally employed PhD candidates must list OsloMet as the author’s address in the publication if OsloMet has provided the basis for, or a necessary and significant contribution to, the published work. An active execution of supervisor responsibility on the relevant publication is considered an adequate contribution.

The same author must also list the main employer's address on publications, if the requirement in point 1 of the main rule is met.

Crediting externally paid researchers associated with OsloMet

In accordance with good practice for crediting of collaboration partners we ask each individual unit to encourage externally paid researchers to include "OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University" as an author's address if the requirement in point 1 of the main rule has been met.

Guidelines for crediting scientific publications to institutions (PDF).

Dispute bodies for publication data

The publication data dispute bodies have the task of solving disputes in association with scientific publications and registration; both between institutions and locally.

OsloMet’s Publishing Committee

The local Publishing Committee intervenes whenever there is disagreement about how a publication is to be registered and reported in Cristin for publications where all the authors are from OsloMet.

Super users in Cristin can report cases to the local Publishing Committee in case of doubts and disputes about publication category.

A formal case presentation consists of:

  • Post code
  • Presentation of the disagreement
  • Copy of relevant material (such as articles, relevant colophon pages, relevant chapters, relevant reviews of the publisher's web pages)

Please make sure that other involved departments receive a copy of the inquiry sent to the Publishing Committee.

Make sure that the case presentation is well rooted in the academic management at your department.

The cases must be reported to Tanja Strøm, secretary of the Publishing Committee.

The Publishing committee’s mandate

The R&D Committee appoints the four R&D vice-deans as an advisory body to assess submitted doubts and disputes about publication categories and the body provides academically reasoned advice to the rector in each case. The group can be supplemented with external members as needed. The Cristin responsible in the administration is the secretary of the group.

The committee uses formal criteria in its assessment of selected categories. The starting point will be "Vekt på forskning (PDF)", a report prepared by UHR, delivered to the Ministry of Education and Research in 2004, as well as relevant reporting instructions provided by the National Publishing Committee.

The National Disputes Committee

Cristin has been assigned the task of establishing and organising a dispute body for the three sectors.

The Dispute Body for publication data has the task of solving disputes between institutions regarding registration and association with scientific publications.

Publication Indicator

The Norwegian Publication Indicator (NPI)  aims to promote good research and provide an overview of, and insight into, research activities.

The purpose of the indicator is to measure research activity at the institutional level in connection with the fact that research institutions receive partial performance-based grants directly above the state budget.

The publishing indicator is unsuitable for measuring, or evaluating, research quality at the individual level.

The calculation:

  1. Institution’s share = Number of authors / Number of institutional addresses
  2. √ institutional share
  3. Multiply with level and publication type
  4. Multiply with co-operation factor


A level 1 article in a journal (weight = 1), 10 authors from institution X, one author from institution Y:

1 * √ 10/11 + 1 * √ 1/11 = 0.95 points (X) + 0.30 points (Y) = 1.25 points

In addition, the institutions' points will be multiplied by a factor of 1.3 for international co-authorship.

This method increases the credit for each of the partners, but the institutions still have to divide the credits between them.

The National Publishing Committee has described the new publishing indicator and its purpose here.