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Blogs and forums for professional users

Description

Contributions by one or more researchers to a digital, interactive publication channel, whether or not in cooperation with professional organisations, and meant for specific societal groups active in fields of work related to the research field. 

 

Explanation

This indicator pertains to blogs and forums for education, professional practice, occupational and industrial associations, policy sectors, professional media, amateur researchers, and so on. Specific examples include blogs and forums for teachers, civil servants, the museum sectors, journalism or therapeutic care.

 

Blog and forum contributions 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 output 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. 

 

Usefulness

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 channel
  • reach/applicability
  • role of research unit and/or researchers in producing the output 

 

Status

Reasoned indicator, as part of narrative.