Last updated 25.9.2023

Publication Forum evaluates domestic and foreign academic publication channels.

  • Level 1 includes peer-reviewed publication channels that are specialised in the publication of scientific research outcomes and have an editorial board of experts of the discipline.  The majority of all publication channels are classified as Level 1 which is the basic level.
  • The Levels 2 and 3 are awarded to a limited number of academic journals, conferences and book publishers of the highest level and impact as judged by the Expert Panels. They are mostly international publication channels but in Humanities and Social Sciences, Level 2 also includes Finnish and Swedish-language forums.
  • Publication channels that have been evaluated but do not meet all of the Level 1 criteria are marked as category 0.

You will find the current classification via JUFO-portal.

Level 1 classification evolves through introduction of new publication channels

Publication Forum is updated regularly. Annually, the Panels evaluate hundreds of formerly non-evaluated publication channels to Level 1 or 0. The Panels can also upgrade Level 0 forums to Level 1, or correspondingly, downgrade from Level 1 if the overall level has changed or there are other grounds for a lower rating. The evaluation of new publication channels takes at least two months.

Levels 2 and 3 are re-evaluated once in four years

In addition to completing, it is also necessary to review the classification on a regular basis. In order to ensure predictability, Levels 2 and 3 do not undergo changes in annual evaluations but instead, the ratings of all listed publication channels are re-evaluated at four-year intervals. In between, the Panels can only make minor corrections to the Level 2 and 3 ratings. Next time Levels 2 and 3 will be re-evaluated in 2026, with the corresponding classification entering into force in the beginning of 2027.

Members of the scientific community can address or question the levels awarded to the evaluated publication channels as well as propose new forums for evaluation, see Proposals.

Table 1. Implementation of evaluations in the Publication Forum.
Level Grounds for processing Schedule
0 and 1 Proposals from scientific community.
Non-evaluated publication channels gathered from MinEdu publication data collection.
Yearly / continuously
2 and 3 Proposals from scientific community.
The Panellists' views.
Every four years