The School of Business and Economics, aiming for high quality research, maintains an ambitious system of allocation of research funds, based on the assessment of output. Funds are translated to full time equivalents, which are distributed among the members of staff, according to their relative performance in terms of (research-based) publications.

The research funding is meant for members of the scientific staff with an appointment on the account of the university ('eerste geldstroom') or on a structural externally funded position. PhD students and post-docs are not entitled to research funding, other than the funding agreed upon at the start of their contract.

Entitlements to research funding are expressed in percentages of full-time equivalents. A maximum of 50 percent can be allocated. The percentage obtained ought to be multiplied with the employment factor (wtf) and reduced by possible budget cuts, to arrive at the number of working hours to be dedicated to research.

A minimum of 1.05 credits have to be earned in order to qualify for research funding.

Rules for assessment

The assessment of research output is based on the classification of the five best publications out of the past five years. These five titles are selected by the researcher from the national research database Pure, which is updated throughout the year, most of the time by the researcher himself.

The ranking of the journals is based on the journal’s Article Influence Score, which can be found on the Eigenfactor website as well as on the ISI Web of Knowledge (Additional Resources → Journal Citation Reports). A journal’s weight is derived from the Article Influence percentile as published on the Eigenfactor website; AIp henceforth. If the AIp is available for the year of publication, that value will be used. If the publication is too recent, the most recent AIp will be used. Please note that the 'Eigenfactor website' has not been updated for a while: the recent table can be found here.

To determine the journal’s weight, the percentile is first divided by 100, and then squared.

For a single-authored journal publication, the amount of credits obtained is simply equal to the journal’s weight in the year that the article was published. With multiple authors, that weight is multiplied by 0.75 to obtain the number of credits.

Dissertations receive 0.45 credits. In addition, dissertations that are reissued as monograph by a scientific publisher will be treated as such.

The listed publishers are classified as A or B; publications with non-listed publishers receive no credits. Single-authored monographs receive 0.85 credits for an A publisher and 0.60 for a B publisher. These scores are multiplied by 0.75 in case of multiple authors. Researchers can submit a maximum of one monograph for the allocation of research time.

Book reviews are not included in the assessment. 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 a temporary committee. The number of pages is of no consequence for the credits attributed.

Summarising, the following credits are attributed:

Single author
Multiple authors



In general, there will be no deviations from the journal weights thus defined, with the following exceptions:

1. Accounting
It has become clear that accounting journals are exceptionally poorly represented in Web of Science, and the scores of the journals that are included in the Web of Science are very low. For that reason, we use the Finance journal AIP list to map the Accounting journal list. This results in a system that allows accounting to be evaluated comparably to AIP despite the absence of most journals. You will find the mapping list here.

2. Unintended outlets
Researchers qualifying for research time are expected to publish in journals that are natural outlets for the fields in which they are active. When journals outside those fields are used and lead to disproportional amounts of credits being earned, the SBE Board may consult a temporary committee and decide to block the future use of those journals in the research allocation system.

Changed regulations for allocation of research time

As of 2018, chapters and edited volumes will no longer receive credits for the allocation of research time.

To smoothen the transition between the previous ranking and the new one, the following rules will apply:

  • Chapters and edited volumes that are submitted before 2018 will still be taken into account for the allocation of research time for 2018.
  • For the allocation of research time for 2019 or later, this rule applies only if proof is provided that the commitment to publish the book, or make the contribution, was made before January 1 2018.
Single-authored contributions to an edited volume receive 0.45 for an A-publisher and 0.15 for a B-publisher. Also these scores are multiplied by 0.75 in case of multiple authors. If an author has contributed more than one contribution to an edited volume, the total amount of credits derived from this volume cannot exceed the credits attributed to a monograph issued by the same publisher.

Specific regulations

SBE has formulated some regulations for researchers on pregnancy and maternity leave, for part time researchers and for contract research:

Regulations for pregnancy and maternity leave
Researchers who have been on a pregnancy and maternity leave during that period, are allowed to submit their five best publications over the past six years.

Regulations for part time researchers
The special regulations for part time researchers are set out in the table below. The principle underlying this ruling is that part time researchers can spend less time in producing scientific output, compared to full time colleagues, and are allowed under this regulation to double count their best publication(s). The extent to which publications can be double counted depends on the researcher's appointment and can be read from the table below.

appointment fte (average) 5 or more publications4 publications   3 publications 
0.81-1.00  12345 1234123
0.71-0.80   123441234123
0.61-0.70  1233412344123
0.51-0.60  12234123341233
0.50 and less   11223122341223

1= best publication
2= second best publication, etc.

When a researcher has less than 3 publications, the score will not be adjusted. The average appointment in fte will be calculated over the part of the 5-year period during which the researcher was appointed at SBE.

Researchers who want to use this regulatuion must state this explicitly. They also have to show that they could not do any research outside the SBE-appointment (for example: a researcher who works for 0,5 fte at another faculty, is not allowed to appeal under this regulation.

Regulations for contract researchers
Departments receive a premium of 5000 euros for every fte of contract researchers, PhD students inclusive.    
The premium can be spent on research related activities (conferences, traveling, seminars, academic guests, research assistants, etc.).  .
The premium is only meant for contract researchers and not for researchers working on NWO grants.       
Contract researchers cannot appeal under the standard regulations for the allocation of research funding from the School.

Publishers List

The latest publishers list (2016) you will find here.

Cambridge University Press (also USA)
Edward Elgar Publishing
Elsevier (including Academic Press)
Emerald Group Publishing
Harvard University PressA
MIT Press Publishers Inc.A
Oxford University PressA
Palgrave Macmillan
Princeton University PressA
Sage Publishing
Taylor and Francis (including Ashgate, CRS Press, Chapman & Hall and Routledge for humanities, social sciences, behavioural sciences, law and education)
University of Chicago PressA