Domain profiles are meant to support those writing the narrative part of the self-assessment report. Profiles help them account for both similarities and differences between the research unit and customary practices in the domain. 

The research cultures in the various humanities domains are rather diverse in some respects, but they are also highly similar owing to the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary nature of many domains. 

The accompanying pages provide a brief description of the research culture in every domain, based on information provided by the domain panels and as described in the relevant research school’s annual reports and other documents. 

Grateful use has also been made of NWO’s study of the publication cultures in the humanities, issued in December 2016. 



Is this a specialist or a multidisciplinary domain?

Which school is active in this domain?

Are there links with other domains in the humanities?



Which audiences are relevant in this domain, e.g. peers, professionals, policymakers or interested members of the public?

Are these international or national audiences?


Products and communication

What are typical products, e.g. books, articles or otherwise?

Is there a difference in the effort required to create such products?

In what languages do publications appear?

How important is publishing in Dutch?

What review processes are relevant?


Processes and strategies

Who are the products intended for and what consequences does that have for the relevant production efforts?

Are these ‘single-authored’ or co-authored publications?


Domain-specific aspects of quality and relevance

What typical research outcomes are specifically relevant in this domain?


Relevance of indicators for products

Are the QRiH indicators of other panels relevant in this domain?


Relevance of quantitative indicators for use of research products and marks of recognition

Can bibliometric indicators, such as citation analysis, be used?