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Publication channels, levels and credits

In order for the publication to qualify for credits, it must be published in a channel (journal or publisher) that is approved in the publication system.

The publication channels are divided into two levels. Level 1 entails standard credits and covers the channels that publish 80 per cent of the publications. Level 2 entails extra credits and covers the most prestigious and rigorous channels, which publish 20 per cent of the publications.

The publishing committee at the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions (UHR) determines which channels qualify as level 2 channels in consultation with the national academic councils and the corresponding academic bodies at UHR. Researchers may, however, suggest level 1 channels for inclusion in level 2 to their academic council.

How can I identify the level of a journal, series or publisher?

The Norwegian Social Science Data Service (NSD) is responsible for the register of authorised publication channels (journals, series and publishers). This is the basis for academic publications that qualify under the funding system.

Search for publication channels (NSD)

Authorized channels and definition of academic publication

According to NSD’s definition, the authorized academic publication channels are journals, series and publishers which meet the criteria issued by UHR. For a publication to generate credit, it must be in accordance with the definition of academic publications, in addition to being published in an authorized publication channel.

An academic publication is defined according to four criteria, all of which must be met. The publication must

  1. present new insight
  2. be presented in a form that allows the research findings to be verified and/or used in new research
  3. be written in a language and have a distribution that make the publication accessible to the majority of interested researchers
  4. appear in an authorized publication channel (journal, series, book publishers, website) that has procedures for peer review

How to register a publication channel

Suggesting new channels in level 1

Anyone can suggest new channels for inclusion in level 1. The deadline for nominating new publication channels to level 1 is November 30th, but we recommend that suggestions are submitted at any point during the year. Suggestions are considered when they are received, and those that are approved will be retroactively effective from the relevant reporting year.

Submit suggestions for new channels in level 1 on NSD’s website

NSD forwards the suggestions to UHR’s publishing committee, which has overall responsibility for final approval of channels that qualify under the funding system.

On 11 March 2015, UHR’s publishing committee adopted new documentation requirements in connection with suggestions for new channels in level 1 (pdf, Norwegian).

Suggesting changes to level 2

Only the national academic councils can suggest changes to level 2 publication channels. The deadline for academic councils to submit suggestions for changes to UHR is set by UHR. Suggestions are considered by UHR’s publishing committee, and any changes are applied as from the next reporting year. See UHR’s overview of the national academic Councils (Norwegian).


Publications in series may have both an ISSN and ISBN. Every publication that can be linked to an ISSN must be registered with the series (ISSN) as the publication channel. The ISSN ranks above the ISBN. It is therefore important to ensure that both the publisher’s ISBN and the series’ ISSN are included in the register of approved publications. If the series’ ISSN is not given, the publication will not be approved, even if it is published under an approved publisher. The series must in this case be registered in the channel register.

Published Nov. 19, 2015 1:21 PM - Last modified July 19, 2018 10:15 AM