Peer review is the fundamental process for quality assurance of research. Thousands of research applications and publications originating from the university are peer reviewed yearly by the international research community. When deemed necessary the university initiates external evaluations of research environments or scientific disciplines.

Stockholm University strives to recruit the most qualified individuals and to provide them with stable working conditions to enable research of the highest quality. Positions are announced in an open way to have wide reach and evaluation of candidates includes peer review of external experts.

Quality assurance as well as quality development is based on a systematic and collegial method of work. When combined with a well-functioning cooperation between organizational levels, with a common understanding of the university’s mission and operations, problems can be solved and opportunities seized.

Several other processes and functions within the university are of major importance for the quality assurance of research. Examples are the university’s gender equality work, cooperation developing actions, the university library, the grants office and routines to find and handle possible research misconduct.

An ongoing work effort aims to complete the currently existing quality assurance system for research. Part of this work is to develop and systematize the internal quality dialogue, the most central internal process for quality assurance and development. An indicator-based report is under development and will function as a recurrent discussion material in the internal dialogue between the university’s organizational decision levels; departments, faculties and the senior management team.