Reports for general readers


A report based on scientific insights by one or more authors writing on commission, based on research and meant for a general readership.



This indicator pertains to reports meant primarily for a general public of interested persons. These are all products 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 reports on ethical issues meant for societal parties.


Reports 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
  • complexity and scale
  • reach/applicability
  • significance and/or status and/or reputation of commissioning body
  • role of research unit and/or researchers in producing the output



Reasoned indicator, as part of narrative.