Science policy

Journal ranking biased against interdisciplinary research

by P.F. Wouters 15 November 2011

The widespread use of rankings of journals in research
institutes and universities creates a disadvantage for interdisciplinary
research in assessment exercises such as the British Research Excellence
Framework. This is the conclusion of…

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Journal ranking biased against interdisciplinary research

by P.F. Wouters 15 November 2011

The widespread use of rankings of journals in research institutes and universities creates a disadvantage for interdisciplinary research in assessment exercises such as the British Research Excellence Framework. This is the conclusion of a paper presented at the 2011 Annual Conference of the Society for the Social Studies of Science in Cleveland (US) by Ismael […]

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Harvard no longer number 1 in ranking

by P.F. Wouters 24 October 2011

Recently, the new Times Higher Education World University Rankings
2011-2012 saw the light. The ranking revealed that Harvard University is no
longer number one on the list. Incidentally, the differences with Caltech – now
highest – are …

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Harvard no longer number 1 in ranking

by P.F. Wouters 24 October 2011

Recently, the new Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2011-2012 saw the light. The ranking revealed that Harvard University is no longer number one on the list. Incidentally, the differences with Caltech – now highest – are minimal. The main reason for Caltech’s rise are the extra revenues it drew out of industry. Caltech’s income […]

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Understanding Academic Careers

by Sarah de Rijcke 10 October 2011

On November 16, 2011, the Rathenau Institute and the VU University Amsterdam organize a symposium on Dynamics of Academic Leadership. The symposium addresses the conditions that are necessary for high level
performance and creativity in research, and…

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Understanding Academic Careers

by Sarah de Rijcke 10 October 2011

On November 16, 2011, the Rathenau Institute and the VU University Amsterdam organize a symposium on Dynamics of Academic Leadership. The symposium addresses the conditions that are necessary for high level performance and creativity in research, and the implications for research management and policy. Paul is one of the invited speakers. He will discuss some […]

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Science mapping: do we know what we visualize?

by Sarah de Rijcke 3 October 2011

A recent landmark in the field of science
mapping is Katy Börner’s Atlas of
Science: Visualizing What We Know (MIT Press, 2010). The atlas recently won
the ASIS&T Best Information Science Book Award 2011. The kinds of maps covered…

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Science mapping: do we know what we visualize?

by Sarah de Rijcke 3 October 2011

For example, what often gets glossed over in these endeavors is that visualizations of scientific developments also prescribe how these developments should be known in the first place. Science maps are produced by particular statistical algorithms that might have been chosen otherwise, calculations performed on large amounts of ‘raw’ data stored in databases, and for […]

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Still using the Hirsch index? Don’t!

by P.F. Wouters 26 September 2011

“My research: > 185 papers, h-index 40.” A
random quote from a curriculum vitae in the World Wide Web. Sometimes,
researchers love their Hirsch index, better known as the h-index. But what does
the measure actually mean? I…

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Still using the Hirsch index? Don’t!

by P.F. Wouters 26 September 2011

“My research: > 185 papers, h-index 40.” A random quote from a curriculum vitae in the World Wide Web. Sometimes, researchers love their Hirsch index, better known as the h-index. But what does the measure actually mean? Is it a reliable indicator of scientific impact?   Our colleagues Ludo Waltman and Nees Jan van Eck […]

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Not much news in new Shanghai rankings

by P.F. Wouters 14 September 2011
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Not much news in new Shanghai rankings

by P.F. Wouters 14 September 2011

Two weeks before the start of the 2011 academic season, the latest issue of
the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) was published. The response
to this ranking in the Netherlands is telling about the importance ascribed to
glob…

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Rankings under Groninger fire

by P.F. Wouters 26 May 2011

Rafael Wittek, director of the Internuniversity Center for
Social Science Theory and Methodology, based at the University of Groningen,
recently attacked Dutch university policies at the occasion of the 25th
anniversary of his famous gra…

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Rankings under Groninger fire

by P.F. Wouters 26 May 2011

Rafael Wittek, director of the Internuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology, based at the University of Groningen, recently attacked Dutch university policies at the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his famous graduate school. One of his targets was “the hype around rankings”. Accredited in 1986, the ICS was the first national social […]

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Anxiety about quality may hinder open access

by P.F. Wouters 19 May 2011

Anxiety about the quality of open access journals hinders the further spread of open access publications. This conclusion was cited many times during the recent Co-ordinating workshop on Open Access to Scientific Information, in Brussels on May 4 this …

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Anxiety about quality may hinder open access

by P.F. Wouters 19 May 2011

Anxiety about the quality of open access journals hinders the further spread of open access publications. This conclusion was cited many times during the recent Co-ordinating workshop on Open Access to Scientific Information, in Brussels on May 4 this year. The workshop was attended by about 70 key players in Open Access and was organized […]

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Teaching in Madrid

by P.F. Wouters 10 May 2011

Started my visiting professorship at the Faculty of Library and Information Science, Complutense University in Madrid today with a nice class discussion about research evaluation. Here is the presentation I gave about the role of information science in…

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Open Access in European science policy

by P.F. Wouters 4 May 2011

http://prezi.com/_bfvsoqb7pvp/acumen-academic-careers-understood-through-measurement-and-norms/Attended an interesting workshop today on Coordinating Open Access in European science policy. We presented our ACUMEN project there, making the connection w…

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Evaluating e-research

by P.F. Wouters 3 May 2011

We had a very interesting discussion last week at the e-Humanities Group of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. The problem I presented is how to evaluate e-research, the newly emerging style of scientific and scholarly research that ma…

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International networks start to drive research

by P.F. Wouters 28 April 2011

Networks of
collaborating scientists spanning the globe are increasingly shaping the research
landscape. The share of papers co-authored by researchers from different
countries is steadily growing. More than one third of the papers is no…

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