Publication forum system is based on quality classification of scientific publication channels. Rating takes place in field specific expert panels. Evaluations based on citation information should be complemented with further expert assessments. Finnish Publication Forum is following the Norwegian and Danish examples.
The Finnish Publication Forum is based on quality classification of scientific publication channels - journals, conferences, publication series and book publishers - in all research fields. Rating of publication channels takes place in field specific expert panels.
The rating has three levels: 1 = basic; 2 = leading; 3 = highest level.
The Publication Forum category of peer-reviewed articles in journals and compilations and monographs is determined principally on the basis of the level awarded to the journal/series.
The classification of the book publisher is used to rate articles in compilations or monographs for Publication Forum purposes only in cases where the publication does not come out in a series of publications or such series has not been classified.
The level of peer-reviewed conference papers is determined on the basis of the level of the journal/series, publisher or established name of the event.
The classification is suitable for macro-level discussions on the publication production of research organisations, research fields or the country as a whole. Since 2015, the classification has been used as a quality indicator of the research output produced by universities within the university funding model established by the Ministry of Education and Culture.