Blogs and forums for general readers


A digital, interactive publication channel run by one or more researchers, whether or not in cooperation with general organisations, and meant for general users. 



This indicator pertains to blogs and forums meant primarily for a general public of interested persons. These are all publications based on scientific/scholarly insights, presented and/or communicated in an environment or through a channel that is accessible to broader societal groups. Examples are popular science blogs and forums about history, art, literature, archaeology, language and philosophy.

Blogs and forums may qualify as hybrid if they are meant not only for peers but also for professional and/or general readers. If this is demonstrably the case, then these results are included under the indicators in Cell 1, Research products for peers. They can be reported a second time here in the narrative, where there is an opportunity to explain the interaction and/or interweaving of research and societal impact and relevance so typical of the humanities.



This indicator can be operationalised using various criteria to demonstrate – with arguments – the importance of the products. The criteria are:

  • innovative nature
  • status/reputation of journal
  • reach/applicability
  • role of research unit and/or researchers in producing the output 



Reasoned indicator, as part of narrative.