A monograph written by one or more authors about a specific theme or idea and based on research, or a critical source publication or catalogue published by a publisher or museum regarded as very important for communication between researchers.
The assessment of books, source publications and catalogues is based on the approved list of publishers regarded as being very important for communication between researchers, both within specialisms and in the broader research community. These lists are established by the National Authorisation Panel on proposal of the Domain Panels.
Some of the publications in this category qualify as hybrid because they are published by publishers whose readership includes not only peers but also a societal group. Such publications thus belong to the authorised category.
Books and source publications published by publishers that do not appear in the lists approved by the National Authorisation Panel – for example because they focus on a specific language or regional domain – can be made subject to assessment through the narrative or case studies. To emphasise the importance of these publication channels, the research unit may turn to other instruments for quality and relevance in the humanities, for example VABB-SHW (Flanders), CRISTiN (Norway), and the EU’s ERIH+.
This indicator can be operationalised for all humanities research domains using the Lists found under Tools.