Academia Europaea and Wenner-Gren Foundations Symosium "Bibliometrics: Use and Abuse in the Review of Research Performance location:Stockholm, Sweden date:23-25 May 2013
For quit some years the Flemish government is dividing research money over the universities partly based on the universities’ output share in Thompson-Reuters’ Web of Science (WoS). However, it is well-known that the publication output of the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) is underrepresented in that database. In order to fine-tune the distribution of research funding taking the output of the SSH into account, the Flemish government installed a so-called ‘authoritative panel’ (‘gezaghebbend panel’ - GP) to create a database of academic publications of Flemish researchers in the different disciplines of SSH not represented in the WoS (the so-called ‘Vlaams Academisch Bibliografisch Bestand SHW’ – VABB-SHW). Five publication types can be included in the VABB-SHW: (a) articles in journals; (b) books as author; (c) books as editor; (d) articles or chapters in books; (e) proceedings papers that are not part of special issues of journals or edited books. They are only eligible when they meet the following criteria. They are to: (a) be publicly accessible; (b) be unambiguously identifiable by ISBN or ISSN number; (c) make a contribution to the development of new insights or to applications resulting from these insights; (d) have been subjected—prior to publication—to a demonstrable peer review process by scholars who are experts in the (sub)field to which the publication belongs.
In this contribution we will explore the objectives and design of the VABB-SHW, describe its current content and discuss the problems related to this endeavor.