Books, source publications, catalogues for the general public


A popular-science monograph written by one or more authors about a specific theme or idea and based on research, or a critical source publication or catalogue, meant for a general public of interested readers. 



This indicator pertains to products 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 include popular books on historical topics, language or philosophy.


Books, source publications and catalogues 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 scientific/scholarly 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 publisher
  • reach/applicability
  • role of research unit and/or researchers in producing the output 



Reasoned indicator, as part of narrative.