These are the 500 most published researchers in Norway

These are the 500 most published researchers in Norway

Av Forskerforum

Publisert 9. februar 2022 kl. 12:18

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‘I stay away from most meetings, for example. That way, I can screen myself off in order to achieve my goals,’ says Petter Gottschalk, professor at BI Norwegian Business School. He researches crimes committed by social elites, and is Norway’s third most published researcher in the last four years. The directorate Unit and the publishing system Cristin have given Forskerforum access to the publication points of all Norwegian researchers published in the years 2017 to 2020.

Here is the full list:

Read the full story in Norwegian here.

Battle over ancient documents

Forskerforum recently spoke to Aslak Sira Myhre, Norway’s national librarian, about his struggle to borrow ancient documents from the Danish

Aslak Sira Myhre. Photograph: Gorm K. Gaare

On their importance:

‘These documents are pivotal to Norwegian history and our understanding of it. Sættargjerden, for example, which resolved a 100-year struggle between the church and state in Norway, is of no relevance to Denmark, but is a key part of our national history.’

On the risk to the documents:

‘When it comes to the risk of damage, we have extremely skilled conservators working with this. Our permanent exhibition, Enlightened, demonstrates how we are able to display documents of this type.’

On missed opportunities:

‘Having the documents sitting in a vault in Copenhagen means that less research is done on sources from the Norway of the Middle Ages.’

On Norway and colonialism:

‘Norway was a colony in the age of empire, but there is an on-going process around Sami objects in Norwegian institutions.’

Trust reform

The government has begun work on the previously announced public-sector trust reform. Employers’ and employees’ organisations have already been invited to provide input. ‘We believe a clear premise of the reform should be that the state alters the central management system from multiple heavily detailed management parameters to a few overarching ones,’ writes Ragnhild Lied, head of Unio, in her commentary piece. However, Lied warns against including ‘everything’ in the trust reform. She believes that would risk the reform becoming vague and indistinct, and undermining trust.


Research into the coronavirus is taking place at a record pace, but sometimes things don’t quite go according to plan, and the articles have to be withdrawn. According to the website Retraction Watch, this is the case for 200 articles about the coronavirus so far. Senior consultant Eivind Vinjevoll was co-author of one of them: ‘The fight against the virus is not being won in hospitals, so we were looking for an early-treatment drug in order to avoid people getting sick and ending up in hospital,’ he says. Read the rest of the story on Forskerforum’s website.

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