The new Norwegian incentive system for publication: from bad to worse
Peer reviewed, Journal article
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Original versionScientometrics 2016, 109(2):1299-1306 http://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-016-2075-2
The new Norwegian system for calculation of publication credits is examined. The new system was launched due to criticism for penalizing collaborative research. It turns out that adverse incentive problems emerge as a result of this system change. We show by a simple case, that institutions will benefit (credit-wise) by adding more authors to a scientific publication. Even worse, the beneficial effect increases the more authors the paper has initially. Alternative cases indicate even stronger incentives for co-author maximization.