Career policy

Published on
December 29, 2010

To make Wageningen UR more attractive to top researchers, the university has introduced Career Policy. This career track for academic personnel means that assistant professors can become an associate professor within six years and afterwards a professor holding a personal chair. To participate in this career track, instructors must meet certain standards for education and research.

One of the criteria is scientific output, and researchers can earn credits with their publications. To determine a researcher's publication credits, both the amount and the quality of the publications are considered. For researchers in the social sciences, other standards are used than those for scientists in other fields. Researchers especially need to publish in the top 25% of the journals in their field. The journal’s impact factor as published by ISI Thomson is used to determine its ranking. A ranking that the WASS and WIMEK Graduate Schools have established is used for books and book chapters. In this ranking, scientific publishers are divided into top, semi-top and other publishers. Researchers especially need to publish in books produced by top publishers.

Wageningen UR Library has developed an application in Wageningen Yield that lets researchers produce a report calculating their credits. They can then attach the report to their file.

(Newsletter 6-2010)