Since its approval as an Associated Laboratory in 2005, CESAM has always had in effect rules for the admission on new members, as well as for maintaining the status of integrated member. These rules were updated in 2011, by decision of the coordinating council, and are based on the individual scientific production. This rule does not apply to post-doctoral fellows, since they are integrated based on the supervisor’s CV and the fellowship application has a previous agreement of CESAM, as host institution.
To be an integrated member of CESAM, the candidate with a PhD degree, must meet at least one of three criteria relating to their scientific productivity in the last five years (including articles in press):
a) to be an author or coauthor of a minimum of 8 articles published in SCI;
b) to be an author or coauthor of a minimum of 5 articles published in journals of SCI , provided that the sum of the weighs of these items (see details below) is equal to or greater than 10;
c) to be an author or coauthor of a minimum of three articles published in journals of SCI , provided that the sum of the weighs of these items (according to the classification given by CESAM ) is equal to or greater than 30 .
From January 2015 (up to this date members had to have five paper in the previous 5 years, or 3 papers in the previous 3 years), for a member to keep the status of integrated member must also obey these criteria. If a member does not meet these criteria, it is considered no longer eligible as an integrated member – however members may, if they so desire, remain in the research team as collaborators of CESAM, receiving the support of the Associated Laboratory. Classification of scientific articles by CESAM: The classification is always for papers which are indexed in the ISI Web of Knowledge.
The weighting assigned by CESAM to an article depends on the impact factor of the journal where it is published, and the scientific area in which it has the highest percentile:
i) Papers published in a percentile ≥ 90 % are assigned a weighing factor of 6;
ii) Papers published in a percentile < 90 % and ≥ 75 % are assigned a weighing factor of 3;
iii) Papers published in a percentile < 75 % and ≥ 50 % are assigned a weighing factor of 2;
iv) Papers published in a percentile < 50 % and ≥ 25 % are assigned a weighing factor of 1;
v) Papers published in a percentile < 25 % are assigned a weighing factor of 0.2;
vi) Papers published in journals with impact factor greater than or equal to 15, belonging to any scientific area, a percentile ≥ 98 % assigned a weigh of 30.
Additionally, the review papers published in journals in percentile ≥ 75 % are assigned a weigh of 15.