Changes and Impact of Minimum Publication Requirements for University Full Professor Applications in Social Sciences in Hungary

Civic Review· VOL 17. Special Issue, 2021, 367–382., DOI: 10.24307/psz.2021.0025

Dr. Péter Sasvári, associate professor, University of Public Service, Faculty of Public Governance and International Studies (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.); Brigitta Ludányi, doctoral student, Eötvös Loránd University, Doctoral School of Linguistics, University of Public Service Office of Scientific Affairs (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


On 1 September 2020, the Guidelines for the preparation and evaluation of university full professor applications, as amended by the Hungarian Accreditation Committee's Decision 2020/6/IV/2 and adopted by the Board Decision 2019/5/VII/4, entered into force. The revised requirement system represents the transformation of the previous benchmarks. The focus of academic performance has shifted to journal publications but beyond domestic publications, international publications – a prerequisite for international visibility and a prominent place in quality ranking – have also become a condition for achieving academic degrees. The present study examines the impact and consequences of the new requirements on university full professor applications and, more broadly, on international academic recognition, through the publication activities of lecturers at Hungarian universities with a profile in economics and social sciences. Does the “new” regulation of the Hungarian Accreditation Committee affect the scientific progress of the individual and the community or institution?

Journal of Economic Literature (JEL) codes: F6, O3, Z0
Keywords: Hungarian Accreditation Committee, university full professor application, requirement system, social sciences, journal publication