Publications

Reports
This has been NIFU’s main product since the early 1950s. Reports in PDF can be downloaded for free. Paper versions can be ordered for NOK 159.

Papers
These are somewhat less comprehensive than the reports. Most of them can be downloaded here.

Academic Articles
Articles from “peer-reviewed” journals.

Selected publications:

Science and Technology Indicators for Norway
Published by the Research Council in collaboration with NIFU. The report provides an overview of status in research, innovation, science and technology.

Nordic R&D Statistics
NIFU regularly publishes a newsletter on Nordic research and statistics.

Institute Directory
Provides information on research institutes and institutions with R&D activity.

Most of NIFU’s publications are archived in Bibsys Brage, an open institutional archives.

latest publications

research & innovation

primary & secondary education

higher education

statistic & indicators

Dec 29 2017Research & Innovation

Empirical Research Avenues for Regional Policy Elaboration

Arbeidsnotat

NIFU Arbeidsnotat / Working Paper 2017:15. This Working Paper presents the findings from an exploratory analysis financed by the FORINNPOL-programme (project no. 271925/O50) and the BIONÆR-programme (project no. 244249) under the Research Council of Norway (RCN). The main purpose of the ...

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Sep 22 2017Higher Education

Research collaboration in groups and networks: differences across academic fields

Academic article

Journal article in Scientometrics, published online September 4, 2017. Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to give a macro-picture of collaboration in research groups and networks across all academic fields in Norwegian research universities, and to examine the relative importance of ...

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Aug 29 2017Higher Education

Professional higher education institutions as organizational actors

Academic article

Journal article in Tertiary Education and Management, published online September 7, 2017. Abstract: Organizational actorhood is a term that has gained prominence in literature about higher education as a way to describe some of the key global change processes with emphasis on ...

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Aug 16 2017Research & Innovation

Unique, but still best practice? The Research Excellence Framework (REF) from an international perspective

Academic article

Journal article in Palgrave Communications, published online August 15, 2017. Abstract: Inspired by The Metric Tide report (2015) on the role of metrics in research assessment and management, and Lord Nicholas Stern’s report Building on Success and Learning from Experience (2016), ...

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Aug 16 2017Higher Education

Massive, open, online, and national? A study of how national governments and institutions shape the development of MOOCs

Academic article

Journal article in The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL), vol. 18(5), 2017. Abstract: We explore interpretations of MOOCs around the globe and, in particular, interpretations of MOOCs in Norway. Based on a review of previous studies relevant to ...

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Jun 27 2017Research & Innovation

Constraints and possibilities : A comparative study of public support to industry-oriented research and development

Report

NIFU report 2017:11. The Research Council of Norway has several funding schemes for public funding of industry-oriented research and development (R&D). The aim of this study is to investigate funding schemes in five other European countries, both in term of funding mix and patterns, what are the most important ...

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Jun 23 2017Statistics & Indicators

A Norwegian pillar in Svalbard: the development of the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)

Academic article

Journal article in Polar Record, published online March 7, 2017. Abstract: The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) is a unique institution with a history that is closely related to Norwegian policy regarding Svalbard, and to clever development of a highly specialised Arctic university ...

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Jun 21 2017Research & Innovation

Pathways to global impact : Tracing the impacts of development research funded by the Research Council of Norway

Report

NIFU report 2017:13. This report presents the findings of a project commissioned by the Research Council of Norway (RCN). The main purpose of the project has been to capture and analyze the results and impacts of development research in Norway. Special attention has been devoted to RCN’s targeted ...

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Jun 23 2017Statistics & Indicators

A Norwegian pillar in Svalbard: the development of the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)

Academic article

Journal article in Polar Record, published online March 7, 2017. Abstract: The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) is a unique institution with a history that is closely related to Norwegian policy regarding Svalbard, and to clever development of a highly specialised Arctic university ...

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Jun 15 2017Statistics & Indicators

Norwegian Polar Research & Svalbard Research: Publication Analysis

Report

NIFU report 2017:6. This report presents a bibliometric analysis of Norwegian polar research and research in Svalbard and is a background report for the ongoing evaluation of the field. The analysis is carried out on the commission of the Research Council of ...

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Jan 10 2017Statistics & Indicators

The relationship between training and innovation activities in enterprises

Academic article

Journal article in International Journal of Training and Development, online January 5, 2017. Abstract We examine the relationship between enterprises’ use of employee training (or education) as a method to stimulate new ideas or creativity among their staff and enterprises’ ...

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Dec 28 2016Research & Innovation

Measuring the productivity of national R&D systems: Challenges in cross-national comparisons of R&D input and publication output indicators

Academic article

Journal Article in Science and Public Policy, 2016. Abstract. We investigate methodological problems in measuring research productivity at the national level by comparing official R&D statistics from the OECD with publication data from the Web of Science. Data from 18 countries are analysed. This paper ...

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Dec 5 2016Research & Innovation

Swiss Research Funding: Researcher Survey for the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

NIFU report 2014:5. This report was commissioned by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and presents the results from a survey of researchers in Switzerland conducted in October 2013. The purpose of the project is to provide background information to the SNSF for the development of their ...

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Oct 3 2016Higher Education

Educational R&D in Norway 2013: Resources and Results

Arbeidsnotat

NIFU Working Paper 2015:18. This working paper gives a summary of the mapping of resources and results of educational R&D in Norway in 2013. The project was funded by the Research Council of Norway, whereas this working paper is funded by the Ministry of Education and Research. This is the third ...

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Aug 10 2016Statistics & Indicators

Evaluation of research in the humanities in Norway: Publication and research personnel. Statistics and analyses

Report

NIFU report 2016:14. This report provides statistics and indicators of the scholarly peer-reviewed publication output and research personnel within humanities. The report was commissioned by the Research Council of Norway and the main purpose is to provide background information to the ongoing ...

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May 18 2016Research & Innovation

How does prolific professors influence on the citation impact of their university departments?

Academic article

Journal article in Scientometrics, vol. 107 (3) 2016. Abstract Professors and associate professors (“professors”) in full-time positions are key personnel in the scientific activity of university departments, both in conducting their own research and in their roles as project leaders ...

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Sep 22 2017Higher Education

Research collaboration in groups and networks: differences across academic fields

Academic article

Journal article in Scientometrics, published online September 4, 2017. Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to give a macro-picture of collaboration in research groups and networks across all academic fields in Norwegian research universities, and to examine the relative importance of ...

Read more
Aug 29 2017Higher Education

Professional higher education institutions as organizational actors

Academic article

Journal article in Tertiary Education and Management, published online September 7, 2017. Abstract: Organizational actorhood is a term that has gained prominence in literature about higher education as a way to describe some of the key global change processes with emphasis on ...

Read more
Aug 16 2017Higher Education

Massive, open, online, and national? A study of how national governments and institutions shape the development of MOOCs

Academic article

Journal article in The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL), vol. 18(5), 2017. Abstract: We explore interpretations of MOOCs around the globe and, in particular, interpretations of MOOCs in Norway. Based on a review of previous studies relevant to ...

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May 11 2017Higher Education

National test results: representation and misrepresentation. Challenges for municipal and local school administration in Norway

Academic article

Journal article in Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy, published online April 24, 2017. Abstract: This paper addresses the publication of results from national tests in primary and lower secondary schools by Norwegian national authorities. Test results must be made ...

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Mar 13 2017Higher Education

Expectations and satisfaction levels of Polish and Norwegian PhD graduates regarding the utility of their doctoral programmes in the labour market

Arbeidsnotat

NIFU Working Paper 2016:20.   The working paper is based on data gathered in the frame of the three-year Polish-Norwegian research project "Gender Equality at the University" (2013-2016). The project was funded by the Polish-Norwegian Research Programme and the National Centre for Research and ...

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Feb 23 2017Higher Education

Steering approaches in higher education: Comparing Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands and UK (England

Report

NIFU Report 2016:35.  This report was commissioned by the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science and examines steering approaches in five European countries in light of recent trends in higher education governance and ...

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Feb 3 2017Higher Education

Standardization of (higher) education in Europe – policy coordination 2.0?

Academic article

Journal article in Policy and Society, published online February 3, 2017. Abstract The European educational landscape is changing. Education remains formally under the sphere of the nation states and has traditionally been resistant towards EU involvement. Several recent initiatives from ...

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Dec 20 2016Higher Education

The establishment of formal research groups in higher education institutions

Academic article

Journal article in Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy, no. 2, 2016. Abstract. This article explores the significance for academic staff members of research groups established and formalised as part of research strategies at university faculties. It also explores the levels of participation ...

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May 11 2017Higher Education

National test results: representation and misrepresentation. Challenges for municipal and local school administration in Norway

Academic article

Journal article in Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy, published online April 24, 2017. Abstract: This paper addresses the publication of results from national tests in primary and lower secondary schools by Norwegian national authorities. Test results must be made ...

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Apr 18 2017Primary & Secondary Education

Effects of early, computerized brief interventions on risky alcohol use and risky cannabis use among young people

Academic literature review

Review article in Campbell Systematic Reviews, vol. 13(6), ...

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Dec 20 2016Primary & Secondary Education

Education pays off! On transition to work for 25 year olds in Norway with upper secondary education or lower as their highest educational level

Academic article

Abstract: In this article we examine the relationship between educational level and position in the labour market at age 25 for those who have completed upper secondary education or lower as their highest educational level. Whilst completion of upper secondary education is widely regarded as being ...

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Oct 12 2016Primary & Secondary Education

Does size matter? Educational attainment and cohort size

Academic article

Motivated by education expenditure studies consistently finding that education expenditures per student decrease in cohort size, I investigate the relationship between cohort size and the probability of graduating from upper secondary education. If resources are important for student performance, education expenditure ...

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Aug 9 2016Primary & Secondary Education

The effect of pen and paper or tablet computer on early writing – A pilot study

Academic article

One consequence of the ongoing controversy on the implementation of digital tools in early writing instruction is a need to investigate the effect of different writing instruction tools such as pen(cil) and paper and tablet computers on early writing. The purpose of this pilot study is to develop a study design and a ...

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Jul 11 2016Primary & Secondary Education

Knowledge brokering initiatives in education – a systematic map of the Nordic countries

Academic article

The international trend of evidence-based practice has led to the establishment of a new type of organisation, knowledge brokering initiatives, to strengthen the link between research-based knowledge and policy and practice. Policymakers in many countries, among them the Nordic countries, have increasingly paid ...

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Jan 8 2016Primary & Secondary Education

The Impact of Digital Devices vs. Pen(cil) and Paper on Primary School Students’ Writing Skills – a Research Review

Academic article

In the light of the continuing digital revolution in education and learning in general, and in literacy instruction in particular, the purpose of this review is to assess the emerging literature on such digital writing tools as computers and tablets compared with traditional writing tools like pen(cil) and paper, on ...

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Dec 2 2015Primary & Secondary Education

The Norwegian VET model – path formation and path dependencies

Academic chapter/article/Conference proceedings

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Dec 29 2017Research & Innovation

Empirical Research Avenues for Regional Policy Elaboration

Arbeidsnotat

NIFU Arbeidsnotat / Working Paper 2017:15. This Working Paper presents the findings from an exploratory analysis financed by the FORINNPOL-programme (project no. 271925/O50) and the BIONÆR-programme (project no. 244249) under the Research Council of Norway (RCN). The main purpose of the ...

Read more
Aug 16 2017Research & Innovation

Unique, but still best practice? The Research Excellence Framework (REF) from an international perspective

Academic article

Journal article in Palgrave Communications, published online August 15, 2017. Abstract: Inspired by The Metric Tide report (2015) on the role of metrics in research assessment and management, and Lord Nicholas Stern’s report Building on Success and Learning from Experience (2016), ...

Read more
Jun 27 2017Research & Innovation

Constraints and possibilities : A comparative study of public support to industry-oriented research and development

Report

NIFU report 2017:11. The Research Council of Norway has several funding schemes for public funding of industry-oriented research and development (R&D). The aim of this study is to investigate funding schemes in five other European countries, both in term of funding mix and patterns, what are the most important ...

Read more
Jun 21 2017Research & Innovation

Pathways to global impact : Tracing the impacts of development research funded by the Research Council of Norway

Report

NIFU report 2017:13. This report presents the findings of a project commissioned by the Research Council of Norway (RCN). The main purpose of the project has been to capture and analyze the results and impacts of development research in Norway. Special attention has been devoted to RCN’s targeted ...

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May 1 2017Research & Innovation

Towards regional innovation systems in Norway? An explorative empirical analysis

Report

NIFU Report 2017:8. This report presents the findings of an analysis of Regional innovation systems (RIS) in Norway. The analysis was undertaken as part of the research project ‘Exploring the role of the VRI program in regional innovation system formation and new path development’, funded by the ...

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Apr 7 2017Research & Innovation

Science deserves to be judged by its contents, not by its wrapping: Revisiting Seglen’s work on journal impact and research evaluation

Academic article

Journal article in PloS ONE, vol. 12(3), 2017. Abstract: The scientific foundation for the criticism on the use of the Journal Impact Factor (JIF) in evaluations of individual researchers and their publications was laid between 1989 and 1997 in a series of articles by Per O. Seglen. His ...

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Mar 24 2017Research & Innovation

Technological innovation systems for biorefineries: a review of the literature

Academic literature review

Journal article in Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, published online March 15, 2017. Abstract: The concept of a bioeconomy can be understood as an economy where the basic building blocks for materials, chemicals, and energy are derived from renewable biological resources. ...

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Mar 22 2017Research & Innovation

Do general innovation policy tools fit all? Analysis of the regional impact of the Norwegian Skattefunn scheme

Academic article

Journal article in Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, vol. 6(6) 2017. Abstract: Background: The paper examines the regional effects of a general innovation policy, i.e. a policy tool that does not target specific industries or subnational regions. General policy tools are an ...

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