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Bibliometrics and evaluation of research

For researchers at LUSEM


The LUSEM management team encourages you to reach out to the research community with your work. Therefore, research published in journals and books from highly-ranked publishers are rewarded. Quality and impact are often measured with metrics. The most established bibliometric tool is InCites Journal Citation Reports. It uses information from journals included in the Web of Science database and ranks journals according to the Journal Impact Factor metric. Another bibliometric tool is the Scimago Journal & Country Rank, which uses the Scimago Journal Rank (SJR) metric for journal ranking. Scimago is similar to Journal Citation Reports but analyzes journals and citations registered in the Scopus database.

At LUSEM, two lists are used – the Norwegian list and the ABS-list. While both lists uses metrics to measure quality, the opinion of their expert groups is more important to the final ranking. There is a high degree of consistency in how different lists are ranking journals. Important to note is that non-inclusion of a journal should not necessarily be taken as a judgment of journal quality as the journal can be new or in a field not covered. The ABS-list is only ranking journals somehow related to business and management. The Norwegian list strives to cover all subject areas, but a nomination is required for a journal to be included.

Norwegian list

Each year, the management team requests information about research output from LUCRIS. Based on publishing activities, funds from Lund University are then distributed to the departments of LUSEM. Points are given according to publication type and ranking in the Norwegian list:

Level, Norwegian system

1 2

Publication type:

Article 1 3
Book chapter (publisher level) 0,7 1
Editorship (publisher level) 0,7 1
Monograph (publisher level) 5 8

A LUCRIS registration is only counted if the publication is associated with your work at LUSEM. It is the institution affiliation as stated in the publication that determines where you are active. Example: If you work at a department at LUSEM, but the published article indicates that you are only working at a research institute, no funds will be distributed to your department.

The Norwegian list largely covers all subjects and publishers that are relevant for research conducted at LUSEM. The list is administered by NSD (Norsk senter for forskningsdata/ Norwegian Centre for Research Data). NSD is a part of the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. The list is formally known as Register over vitenskapelige publiseringskanaler/Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers.

In order for journals, series, or publishers to be included in the Norwegian list, the following minimum level must be achieved:

1. Established procedures for external peer review

2. An academic editorial board (or equivalent) consisting primarily of researchers from universities, research institutes etc.

3. International or national authorship

If the minimum level is reached, the publication/publisher ends in Level 1. Level 2 shows that the channel holds an international high standard. Level 2 represents the top 20 percent of the total amount of channels. As a researcher, you can nominate journals and publishers to the list. The ranking is made annually, and the list is evaluated by Norwegian scientific experts.

Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers

Criteria for inclusion of new scientific publication channels


The ABS-list is the Chartered Association of Business Schools' Academic Journal Guide. The list focuses on journals in business, management and economics. To access the list, you must register online at the Chartered Association of Business Schools website.

The list ranks journals 1-4 (and 4*):


Journals of Distinction. Within the business and management field, including economics, there are a small number of grade 4 journals that are recognised world-wide as exemplars of excellence. Their high status is acknowledged by their inclusion in a number of well-regarded international journal quality lists. The Guide normally rates a journal 4* if they are rated in the highest category by at least three out of the five non-university based listings – Financial Times 45, Dallas List, VHB, Australian Deans’ List, CNRS. In addition, journals from core social sciences disciplines that do not appear in those listings may also be rated 4* on the grounds that they are clearly of the finest quality and of undisputed relevance to business and management. In the Guide of 2015, this applies to three journals from the fields of sociology and psychology.


All journals rated 4, whether included in the Journal of Distinction category or not, publish the most original and best-executed research. As top journals in their field, these journals typically have high submission and low acceptance rates. Papers are heavily refereed. Top journals generally have the highest citation impact factors within their field. 


3-rated journals publish original and well-executed research papers and are highly regarded. These journals typically have good submission rates and are very selective in what they publish. Papers are heavily refereed. Highly-regarded journals generally have good to excellent journal metrics relative to others in their field, although at present not all journals in this category carry a citation impact factor.


Journals in this category publish original research of an acceptable standard. A well-regarded journal in its field, papers are fully refereed according to accepted standards and conventions. Citation impact factors are somewhat more modest in certain cases. Many excellent practitioner-oriented articles are published in 2-rated journals.


These journals, in general, publish research of a recognised, but more modest, standard in their field. Papers are, in many instances, refereed relatively lightly according to accepted conventions. Few journals in this category carry a citation impact factor.