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SOM criteria for output assessment

General Requirements

To qualify for the status of SOM (associate) fellow, a faculty member of FEB has

  • to hold a PhD degree,
  • do research that fits within SOM, and
  • have sufficient SOM credit points (on the basis of the criteria explained below)
    • 0.5 points for the SOM associate fellow status
    • 2.0 points for the SOM fellow status
  • At least 60% of the required SOM points must come from peer-reviewed journal publications. This 60% rule does not apply to published monographs in the A category (such publications are seen as equivalent to a publication in a top journal).

Researchers qualifying for research time are expected to publish in journals in the field of Economics and Business. When journals outside those fields are used and lead to disproportional amounts of credits being earned, the SOM Board may take measures .

Every year (in the spring) the SOM office checks whether or not SOM researchers meet the criteria, and establishes, in cooperation with the programme directors and the faculty board, the corresponding percentage of the research time for the upcoming academic year. New researchers, who aspire a SOM status, need a formal appointment by the SOM Board.

Method used

  • To measure journal quality the AIp 2014 will be used as listed on as follows: (AIp/100)2
  • The correction factor for co-authors is W=1-(N*.1), where N is the number of co-authors with a minimum W of 0.5
  • Maximum 10 publications + PhD thesis supervision in a 5-year period
  • Division between highly reputed and other publishers is based on the publishers list (appendix 1)

For specific details please check the summary table

Correction for part-time appointment and other specific situations

If someone has a part-time appointment the criteria are adjusted as follows:

  • 50 – 100% appointment: linear correction
  • <50% appointment: minimum of 50% of the points

Correction for part-time appointment only applies to researchers who do not have another appointment at UOG, another university or a research institution.

If someone has less time available during a certain period due to specific situations like illness or maternity leave the required number of points will be adjusted, upon request to the SOM Board

Transitional arrangements

In 2017 researchers can choose to use the new system or use the old criteria for a period of two years, implying that the new criteria will be applicable to all researchers in the spring of 2019. In the rare case an individual is negatively affected by this arrangement, a transitional period of three years can be granted. Once chosen for the new criteria it is not possible to switch back to the old criteria. Negative side effects of the new system may be repaired using the additional research time.

Corresponding research time

An individual’s research time is determined by the number of credits, using the following cut-off values:

  • 0.5-0.99 : 20% ( of which at least 0.3 points from journal publications)
  • 1.0-1.99 : 30% (o f which at least 0.6 points from journal publications)
  • ≥2.0       : 40% ( of which at least 1.2 points from journal publications)


These criteria were approved by the SOM Board on March 17, 2017. The use of the Aip and the cut-off values for research time will be evaluated in January 2020.




Single author

Multiple authors

Max credits per volume

Max 10 publications in the following categories:



W * (AIp/100)2;

W=1-(N*.1), where N is the number of co-authors with a minimum W of 0.5

PhD thesis




(in English)



W * 0.9



W * 0.45

Chapter in or editor of an edited volume

(in English)



W * 0.45




W * 0.15


In addition

PhD Thesis supervision

(of theses defended at the UOG, points to be granted in year of defense)


Maximum of 1 point in the 5- year period

* Book reviews are not included. Other short journal publications - including editorials (for edited special issues), comments, very short notes, etc. - may qualify for inclusion provided they make a sufficient scientific contribution. Judgements are to be made by the SOM director (if needed in consultation with the SOM Board). The number of pages is of no consequence for the credits attributed.

Last modified:26 August 2019 4.44 p.m.