The Research Assessment Exercise included a self-evaluation of the units, international peer assessment and a bibliometric analysis. The assessment covered the units' research activities between 2010–2013.

The goal of the international assessment was to identify strengths in research and departments whose research activities showed potential for the development of new areas of strength. The assessment that concerned all research activities during 2010–2013 shows that the University holds a strong position as an international science university. The results of the assessment were utilised already in 2016 and will be taken into consideration when developing the University's research activities in the future. 


Over 5,300 Publications

Peer reviewed 3,038

A1 Original research article in scientific journal 2,323
A2 Review article in scientific journal 187
A3 Book section, chapters in research books 314
A4 A4 Article in conference proceedings 214

Non-peer reviewed 615

B1 Non-refereed journal articles 406
B2 Book section, chapters in research books 192
B3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings 17

Scientific books 106

C1 Book 39
C2 Edited book, conference proceedings
or special issue of a journal 67

Publications intended for professional communities 588

D1 Article in a trade journal 321
D2 Article in a professional manual or guide or
professional information system, textbook material 103
D3 Article in professional conference proceedings 8
D4 Published development or research report 123
D5 Textbook, professional manual or guide, dictionary 24
D6 Edited professional book 9

Publications intended for the general public 437

E1 Popularised article, newspaper article 426
E2 Popularised monograph 6
E3 Edited popular book 5

Doctoral dissertations 169

Other publications 389

i.e. publications that do not have a publication type defined by the Ministry of Education and Culture

Open Science

The University of Turku encourages its researchers to open their research data and publications to everyone according to the principles of open science.

In 2016, 18 percent of the A1–E3 publications were parallel publications, i.e. final drafts of articles published in journals subject to a fee, and uploaded by the author to the University's Research Portal. In addition, 25 percent were Golden Open Access publications, i.e. publications in a journal where all the articles are open to all users; and 6 percent were hybrid open access, i.e. the article was published in a journal subject to a fee but has been opened to the public with a publication fee.

Competitive Funding Increased over 10 Percent

In research, one of the most central follow-up indicators is the amount of competitive research funding. In 2016, the University community attained €47.3 million in competitive funding, which is over 10 percent more than in the previous year. As a result, the University almost achieved the target for competitive funding set by the Ministry of Education and Culture, missing it only by three percent.

The Academy of Finland granted the University of Turku over €7.6 million in funding for developing its strengths. The Academy's Strategic Research Council chose 14 consortiums to its research programmes and the University of Turku leads three of them. In addition, the Academy granted funding to one strategic research programme led by the University's researcher already in 2015.

The Academy of Finland also granted the Forging ahead with research key project funding to five research projects of the University of Turku.

Virpi Lummaa and Riitta Lahesmaa started their in the posts as Academy Professors in 2016. Furthermore, the Academy of Finland appointed Professors Hannu Salmi and Craig Primmer for academy professorships starting from 2017.

Biomathematician Laura Elo was granted the esteemed ERC Starting Grant by the European Research Council. In addition, Professors Johanna Ivaska and Jani Erola, Academy Professor Virpi Lummaa and Associate Professor Lauri Nummenmaa have previously been granted ERC funding.



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