Journal of Data and Information Science ›› 2018, Vol. 3 ›› Issue (4): 20-30.doi: 10.2478/jdis-2018-0018

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Performance-based Research Funding in Denmark: The Adoption and Translation of the Norwegian Model(1)

Kaare Aagaard()   

  1. Danish Centre for Studies in Research & Research Policy, Department of Political Science & Government, Aarhus University Bartholins Allé 7, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
  • Received:2018-08-31 Revised:2018-10-20 Online:2018-12-27 Published:2019-01-08


Purpose: The main goal of this study is to outline and analyze the Danish adoption and translation of the Norwegian Publication Indicator.

Design/methodology/approach: The study takes the form of a policy analysis mainly drawing on document analysis of policy papers, previously published studies and grey literature.Findings: The study highlights a number of crucial factors that relate both to the Danish process and to the final Danish result underscoring that the Danish BFI model is indeed a quite different system than its Norwegian counterpart. One consequence of these process- and design differences is the fact that the broader legitimacy of the Danish BFI today appears to be quite poor.

Reasons for this include: unclear and shifting objectives throughout the process; limited willingness to take ownership of the model among stakeholders; lack of communication throughout the implementation process and an apparent underestimation of the challenges associated with the use of bibliometric indicators.

Research limitation: The conclusions of the study are based on the authors’ interpretation of a long drawn and complex process with many different stakeholders involved. The format of this article does not allow for a detailed documentation of all elements, but further details can be provided upon request.

Practical implications: The analysis may feed into current policy discussions on the future of the Danish BFI.Originality/value: Some elements of the present analysis have previously been published in Danish outlets, but this article represents the first publication on this issue targeting a broader international audience.

Key words: Norwegian Model, Performance based funding, Bibliometrics