Journal of Data and Information Science ›› 2018, Vol. 3 ›› Issue (4): 61-73.doi: 10.2478/jdis-2018-0021

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Redesigning the Model of Book Evaluation in the Polish Performance-based Research Funding System

Emanuel Kulczycki1†(),Przemysław Korytkowski 2   

  1. 1Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland
    2West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin, Poland
  • Received:2018-08-31 Revised:2018-10-20 Online:2018-12-27 Published:2011-03-31


Purpose: This study aims to present the key systemic changes in the Polish book evaluation model to focus on the publisher list, as inspired by the Norwegian Model.

Design/methodology/approach: In this study we reconstruct the framework of the 2010 and 2018 models of book evaluation in Poland within the performance-based research funding system.

Findings: For almost 20 years the book evaluation system in Poland has been based on the verification of various technical criteria (e.g. length of the book). The new 2018 model is based on the principle of prestige inheritance (a book is worth as much as its publisher is) and is inspired by the publisher list used in the Norwegian Model. In this paper, we argue that this solution may be a more balanced policy instrument than the previous 2010 model in which neither the quality of the publisher nor the quality of the book played any role in the evaluation.

Research limitations: We work from the framework of the 2018 model of book evaluation specified in the law on higher education and science from 20 July 2018, as implementation acts are not available yet.Practical implications: This study may provide a valuable point of reference on how structural reforms in the research evaluation model were implemented on a country level. The results of this study may be interesting to policy makers, stakeholders and researchers focused on science policy.

Originality/value: This is the very first study that presents the new framework of the Polish research evaluation model and policy instruments for scholarly book evaluation. We describe what motivated policy makers to change the book evaluation model, and what arguments were explicitly raised to argue for the new solution.

Key words: Book evaluation, Norwegian Model, Performance-based research funding system, Poland, Publisher list