New report: ”Comparing Research in Social Sciences and The Humanities in The Nordic Countries”

18.01.2018
The new report ”Comparing Research in Social Sciences and The Humanities in The Nordic Countries - An Explorative Study” is a supplementary analysis to “Comparing Research at Nordic Higher Education Institutions Using Bibliometric Indicators – Covering the Years 1999-2014”, published in June 2017. The study explores the possibility of comparing publishing in the Nordic countries within social sciences and the humanities.
New report: ”Comparing Research in Social Sciences and The Humanities in The Nordic Countries”

The report uses national publication databases in the Nordic countries to compare research in social sciences and the humanities in the higher education institutions. The findings are based on a data material that does not meet the same standards as the data used in the new NordForsk report “Comparing Research at Nordic Higher Education Institutions – Covering the years 1999-2014”, where Nordic higher education institutions are compared based on publication data from Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science. The results documented in this new study, are of an exploratory nature, and should be interpreted and cited as such.

The overall conclusion of this report is that there are too many data limitations to make reliable crosscountry comparisons of publishing in social sciences and the humanities in the Nordic countries. If a similar analysis is to be done reliably and consistently, a standardised data set would have to be designed in all five Nordic countries. Overall the report gives a good fundament for further research and is recommended to be used as a pilot study for a future and lager project.

Download “Comparing Research in Social Sciences and The Humanities in The Nordic Countries - An Explorative Study”

Download “Comparing Research at Nordic Higher Education Institutions Using Bibliometric Indicators – Covering the Years 1999-2014”

Text: Anne Ipsen

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