The report examines the international context and organisation of the JUFO classification, the characteristics of JUFO levels as a quality indicator of universities’ publishing performance, and the trends of scholarly publishing in Finland.
In October 2016 the Publication Forum Steering Group decided, following a proposal from a working group producing a mid-term evaluation of the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies strategy for 2014–2018, to carry out a self-evaluation of the Publication Forum during 2019–2020. The main purpose of the self-evaluation was to support the further development and improvement of the JUFO classification.
The self-evaluation was conducted by a working group which was assigned by the Steering Group: Jaakko Aspara (Hanken School of Economics & Universities Finland), Hanna-Mari Puuska (CSC – IT Center for Science), Elina Pylvänäinen (Federation of Finnish Learned Societies), Janne Pölönen (Federation of Finnish Learned Societies) and Risto Rinne (University of Turku).
The specific objective of the self-evaluation exercise was to address the following questions:
- How do the logic and working of JUFO compare with international benchmarks?
- Are JUFO procedures organised effectively?
- Do JUFO classification levels provide a valid and balanced quality indicator across fields?
- For what purposes is the JUFO classification used in the scientific community in Finland?
- What kind of changes in publishing patterns in Finland have coincided with the introduction and adjustments of JUFO classifications?
Based on the evaluation, the working group offers 12 recommendations and 7 considerations regarding the further development and implementation of the JUFO system.
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