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Information technology at the top of publishing

The Department of Computer Science had the highest publication number of computer science departments at Norwegian universities and was also at the top among the departments at OsloMet in 2020.

The department had 2.13 publication points per academic man-year, 14.4 per cent author shares in level two publications, and the proportion of international co-publishing was up to 45 per cent.

These are higher numbers than in previous years, the best of the computer science departments at Norwegian universities, and at the very top of the departments at OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University.

Of the computer science departments at the other Norwegian universities, none had more than two publication points per academic man-year, and very few of the departments at OsloMet.

The figures from Cristin also show that the department claims to be good in the field of dissemination with over 300 dissemination points in 2020.

Freedom and support for researchers

Head of Department Laurence Habib points out that high publication figures are not an end in themselves, but that the department has high ambitions, and is active in research in several subject areas.

‘The most important thing for us is to give freedom and support to the scientific staff to develop their research,’ Habib emphasizes.

Synergies between education and research

The leaders at the department emphasize supporting both research and education, and not least building a culture where professionals are exploratory and support each other.

The Department of Computer Science has also worked actively to find synergies between education and research, and to involve students in research.

Collaboration is the key

Collaboration is the key in research contexts within the department, and with the rest of OsloMet, professionals outside the institution, and internationally.

Motivated and committed employees are needed

‘There is no clear conclusion on what it takes to succeed, but my experience is that motivated and committed employees are needed, who are concerned with cooperation and developing not only themselves but also others.’

The Department of Computer Science will continue to develop high-quality research and education.

Participates in excellent research environments

Employees from the department are all involved in three of the five "Excellent Academic Environment" initiatives at OsloMet: NordSTAR, CIM and CEDIC.

The department is also involved in two applications to become a Centre for outstanding education.

Will respond to society's needs

‘We work purposefully to get more funding from research, PhD and postdoctoral fellows.’

‘Most of all, we are concerned with developing practical and theoretical knowledge that responds to society's needs, both today and in the future,’ Laurence Habib concludes.


Publication points are an indicator of the scope and quality of scientific publishing. Publication points are calculated by multiplying author shares with emphasis on the combination of publication form and quality level. (NSD)

Level 1 and 2 publications: The national measurement systems for scientific publications are based on a level division of scientific journals based on an assessment of the quality of the journals. The purpose is to stimulate high quality by publishing scientific articles. When the channel is at level 1 or 2, this means that they are approved, where level 2 are channels with higher international prestige. (Cristin)

Published: 20/05/2021 | Olav-Johan Øye