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WU Journal Ratings & Performance Bonus

WU’s performance bonuses for academic staff are regulated by the Operational Agreement on Performance Bonuses and Examination Rates for Academic Staff  (Operational Agreement on Performance Bonuses and Examination Rates for Academic Staff) that was negotiated with the Academic Staff Council and entered into effect on January 1, 2016. Sections 2 and 4 of this operational agreement specify new regulations for performance bonuses and name two types of bonuses: (a) bonuses for Star journal publications (§ 2) and (b) bonuses for outstanding research achievements specific to individual organizational units (§ 4). These two types of bonuses have replaced the earlier performance bonus system for academic staff that was based on the 2009 WU Journal Rating. WU has also issued detailed guidelines (in German) on how the provisions of the operational agreement are to be implemented.

Star journal list

A bonus of € 3,000 is paid out for each article published in a journal from the Star journal list (Star journal list)

Department-specific journal rankings

In addition to the WU Star journal list, every department has its own department-specific journal ranking that serves as the basis for awarding performance bonuses for journal articles pursuant to the operational agreement. The departments’ individual rankings and directives on performance bonuses are available on FIDES . Please use the forms in the following links for special applications like e.g. bonuses based on the old rating (application form old rating,in German) or applications for former WU employees or proceedings/textbooks (Star journal list form).

Please use the following link to download a template form for awarding department-specific performance bonuses.

Affiliations of WU’s research institutes and competence centers

Pursuant to the operational agreement, the research institutes and competence centers listed below are affiliated with specific departments and are therefore subject to the corresponding department-specific journal rankings when it comes to awarding performance bonuses for journal articles.

Research institutes

  • RI for Capital Markets -> Dept. of Finance, Accounting and Statistics

  • RI for Family Business -> Dept. of Global Business and Trade

  • RI for Health Care Management and Health Economics -> Dept. of Management

  • RI for Human Capital and Development -> Dept. of Socioeconomics

  • RI for International Taxation -> Dept. for Strategy and Innovation

  • RI for Liberal Professions -> Dept. of Global Business and Trade

  • RI for Regulatory Economics -> Dept. of Economics

  • RI for Spatial and Real Estate Economics -> Dept. of Socioeconomics

  • RI for Supply Chain Management -> Dept. of Global Business and Trade

  • RI for Urban Management and Governance -> Dept. of Socioeconomics

  • RI for Cryptoeconomics -> Dept. of Informations Systems

Competence Centers

  • Competence Center for Emerging Markets and CEE -> Dept. of Global Business and Trade

  • Competence Center for Empirical Research Methods -> Dept. of Socioeconomics

  • Competence Center for Nonprofit Organizations and Social Entrepreneurship -> Dept. of Management

  • Competence Center for Sustainability -> Dept. of Socioeconomics

  • WU Entrepreneurship Center -> Dept. of Strategy and Innovation