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Taking national language publications into account: the case of the Finnish performance-based research funding system
Engels, Tim C.E.
Pölönen, J., Auranen, O., Engels, T., & Kulczycki, E. (2018, September). Taking national language publications into account: the case of the Finnish performance-based research funding system. In 23rd International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators (STI 2018), September 12-14, 2018, Leiden, The Netherlands. Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS).
In this paper we investigate how a publication indicator developed for the performance-based research funding system (PRFS) in Finland takes national language publications into account. Our analysis is based on 47423 peer-reviewed SSH outputs from 14 Finnish universities published in 2011-2016. SSH research community in Finland is increasingly concerned about the national language publishing. Incentives for English language journal publishing are attributed to the PRFS for allocating block grant annually to universities. In the Norwegian model adopted also in Finland, the weight of outputs in the funding-scheme is dependent on the quality index of publication channels. Our analysis shows that the rating of publication channels results in a fairly balanced representation of Finnish, Swedish and English language journal articles in the PRFS. The system is more favorable to English than Finnish and Swedish language book publications. Publications in other languages, however, are under-represented in the PRFS. The number of journal articles in Finnish has remained relatively stable. The number of Finnish book publications, however, is declining in both low and high rated outlets. We speculate that in addition to the PRFS, publishing patterns are influenced by increased international competition for positions and project funding, as well as other factors than research evaluation.
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