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Research: BFI point calculation - procedure

Guidelines for the Bibliometric Research Indicator (BFI) system

Published: 17.04.2018 (Last revised: 10.01.2019)

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The BFI model

The Danish government agency for Research and Innovation is in charge of the guidelines for the Bibliometric Research Indicator (BFI) system that applies to publications from Danish universities.

Publications are allotted a number of basic points if they are classified within the BFI model. In order to be classified, the metadata of the publication must comply with the demands of the BFI model.

Publication data entries must comply with the following:

• The publication must appear within the range of peer-reviewed scientific types of publication

• Journal or publisher must appear on the authority lists (doctoral theses excepted)

• Publisher or journal must be marked as “central” in Pure (as opposed to “local”)

• Publication status in Pure must be marked as “published”

• The Pure record must be publicly available

• There must be at least one local AAU author

• Appearing as editor in the record does not count – only author!

Read more about the BFI model at: http://fivu.dk/forskning-og-innovation/statistik-og-analyser/denbibliometriske-forskningsindikator


Publication: Basic points

Principle of precedence

In connection with the calculation of basic points, one must pay attention to the following principle regarding levels. If a publication makes use of more than one of the publication channels on the authority lists, its level will be calculated according to the following principle of precedence: The level of a conference series outweighs the level of a book series, which again outweighs the level of publisher/journal.


Calculation

The points of a publication are shared between the universities involved. For each classified publication, the calculation of its BFI points are as follows:

• First you establish the publication’s basic point: B

• If there are external authors, you multiply with 1.25 - with no external authors you multiply with 1: C

• The point of the publication equals: B*C

• External fractioning (F) is defined as L/T, of which L is the number of local authors and T is the sum total of authors

• If F < 0.1, F will equal 0.1 (F=0.1)

• Number of points allotted to each university: B*C*F* = B*C*L/T
 

Internal fractioning

The publication triggers a number of points to the university: B*C*F. The allotted points can be split between the departments of the internal authors. The calculation is as follows:

• B*C*F/L (=B*C/T) – the parenthesis works only if F > 1/10

That is, the externally fractionated points (B*C*F) divided with the number of internal authors (L).

PURE – types of publications that trigger points

Notice: All publications must be peer-reviewed!

• Journal article

          o Research

               ▪ Article

               ▪ Conference paper/article

               ▪ Letter

               ▪ Review

          o Counselling

               ▪ Article

               ▪ Conference paper/article

• Contribution to book

          o Research

               ▪ Contribution to scientific book/anthology

               ▪ Contribution to scientific report

               ▪ Conference paper/article

          o Counselling

               ▪ Contribution to scientific report

               ▪ Conference paper/article

• Book

          o Research

               ▪ Doctoral thesis, scientific book, scientific report

          o Counselling

               ▪ Scientific report

• Patent

          o Patent

Origin, background and history

Revised: 11 June 2018 by the VBN Team

Purpose and delimitation

The BFI is an element of the performance-based model for distribution of the new block grants for research to universities. It allocates funding based on the distribution of publications that are based on original, peer-reviewed research published in channels included on the BFI lists.

Contact and responsibility

VBN Team: vbn@aub.aau.dk

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