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The Register of Information on Results (RIV)

The Register of Information on Results (“RIV”)

The Register of Information on Results (“RIV”) is one of four interlinked components of the Research, Development and Innovation Information System (“IS VaVaI”) operated in accordance with Act No. 130/2002 on the support of research and development from public funds.

The RIV contains:

  • information identifying the result and the project whose implementation has led to the result, or the source of funds from which it was supported, the beneficiary(ies), the authors of the result, title and description of the result, and the year of result application

The RIV serves:

  • for the purposes of evaluating the results of research, experimental development and innovation supported on a special-purpose and institutional basis, and informing scholars and the general public about the results of research, experimental development and innovation supported from public funds
  • fund providers to obtain information on the activity of project researchers funded by the providers


Data collection at FAMU for RIV always takes place in the spring (dates vary according to the individual subsidy providers from which the projects were supported) by filling in an internal form, the current version of which will be sent to you on request by the information and library worker  Mgr. Michal Hokynek, michal.hokynek@famu.cz.

The RIV can only register output defined by the government Research, Development and Innovation Council in all sections of what is referred to as Methodology 17+. The full document defining the permitted types of output is available at: https://www.isvavai.cz/dokumenty/definice_druhu_vysledku.pdf .

Below is a brief summary pointing out certain aspects that are omitted sometimes (the initial letter is the code assigned to the specific kind of output):

- B – technical book – a technical publication of at least 50 print pages of original text (exclusive of attached images, etc.) released in print or electronically, which has been reviewed. The book should contain the definition of the research methodology, and in formal terms, it must contain references to literature in the text, a listing of the literature used, and a summary of content in at least one global language. The book must have an ISBN or ISMN. This category of output does not include textbooks or lecture notes, almanacs, popular science books, memoirs, and autobiographical books.

- C – chapter in a technical book (see rules for technical publications)

- J – article – always an article in a reviewed magazine (Czech/Slovak: Iluminace, ArteActa, Mediální studia, Kino-ikon, etc.). These are further structured based on whether or not the journal that carries the text belongs to any of the prestigious research databases:

- Jimp – text in a journal included in the Web of Science (WoS) database

- Jsc – text in a journal included in the Scopus database

- Jost – text in a reviewed periodical not covered by the above databases (generally, those have somewhat lower prestige and relevance – especially in external grant competitions of GAČR, TAČR, Horizont, etc. It is therefore good to aim for Jimp and Jsc outputs, or take into consideration the magazine’s quartile).

- D – a paper in an almanac – PLEASE NOTE: this output is subject to stringent rules, and RIV only recognises output that is text of at least 2 print pages, is published in a reviewed almanac, is assigned an ISBN, and is listed in Web of Science or Scopus databases – which is quite rare with almanacs in our area of research.

- W – running a workshop – this can be in the form of a publicly accessible FAMU module and/or workshop as part of a film festival, etc. The workshop must present research results achieved as part of the respective research project.

- M – organising a conference – PLEASE NOTE: taking part in a conference with your paper is not output eligible for RIV. Similarly, fully organising a conference cannot be recognised as RIV output. The eligible result is only a situation where you organise a conference and someone from the project team presents their own paper there, focusing on your research in your field.

- A – audiovisual work – PLEASE NOTE: just any audiovisual work, i.e., any film or video with a loose relation to the project, is not eligible – to be eligible, the work must clearly present the results of prior research activity. Typically, those are electronic documents such as DVD, web presentations, etc.

- E – organising an exhibition – PLEASE NOTE: just any art exhibition is not eligible – RIV may only register output in the form of an exhibition that the someone from the research team organises and, as part of it, presents the results of their research activity.

- Ekrit – organising an exhibition with a critical catalogue – a public presentation of research output from the author along with the publication – a critical catalogue of the exhibition. The publication must satisfy the requirements specified for category ‘B’, technical book (i.e., the catalogue must include notes and a list of the literature used, must have a scope of at least 50 print pages of text, etc.).

Output typically suitable for applied research:

- Nmet – methodology – a set of recommended practices and procedures; depending on the type of approval, it is classified as:

- NmetS – approved by the relevant government authority

- NmetC – certified by an authorised authority

- NmetA – accredited by an authorised authority

- S – specialised public database – must provide access to new knowledge obtained through the project

- Hkonc – results reflected in approved strategic and concept documents of public authorities

- Vsouhrn – summary research report – output eligible only as part of applied research; must be confirmed by a hand-over record issued by the client

More information on RIV and database searches is available at https://www.isvavai.cz/

Helena Bendová
Vice-Dean for Research and Development