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National reporting standard published

The Wissenschaftsrat, a council of senior scientists that advises the German government, has released its “core data set”, which aims to standardise how institutions record their research activities.

The data set, published on 25 January, is split into six areas: employees; early-career support; third-party funding and finances; patents and spinouts; publications; and research infrastructure. Implications of using this system are, for instance, that staff who are not on an employment contract—such as fellows and honorary professors—will be excluded from data on employees.

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