Journal of Data and Information Science ›› 2018, Vol. 3 ›› Issue (4): 74-84.doi: 10.2478/jdis-2018-0022

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A Local Adaptation in an Output-Based Research Support Scheme (OBRSS) at University College Dublin

Liam Cleere, Lai Ma()   

  1. University College Dublin, Belfield 4, Ireland
  • Received:2018-08-22 Revised:2018-10-20 Online:2018-12-27 Published:2019-01-08


University College Dublin (UCD) has implemented the Output-Based Research Support Scheme (OBRSS) since 2016. Adapted from the Norwegian model, the OBRSS awards individual academic staff using a points system based on the number of publications and doctoral students. This article describes the design and implementation processes of the OBRSS, including the creation of the ranked publication list and points system and infrastructure requirements. Some results of the OBRSS will be presented, focusing on the coverage of publications reported in the OBRSS ranked publication list and Scopus, as well as information about spending patterns. Challenges such as the evaluation of the OBRSS in terms of fairness, transparency, and effectiveness will also be discussed.

Key words: Output-Based Research Support Scheme, Norwegian model, Performance-based funding, Research assessment, Research information systems