Exploring Swiss Higher Education Institutions in Commercial Bibliometric Databases

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This blogpost covers the main findings and implications of a study of Swiss higher education institutions’ findability in commercial bibliometric databases, conducted within the project “Towards Open Bibliometric Indicators” (TOBI). It underscores the relevance of organisational identifiers and language disambiguation for the findability and visibility of Swiss HEIs in bibliometric databases. It also showcases the … Read more

Change is the only constant (Heraclitus) – Bibliometric practices and activities at the University of Vienna RELOADED

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University of Vienna (C.Stadler/Bwag; CC-BY-SA-4.0)

“The beginning is the most important part of the work” Laotse Once upon a time – in 2009 to be more precise – a bibliometrics department was implemented within the realms of the Vienna University Library. This was a remarkable move, given that bibliometrics had not yet gained momentum in Austria at that time. Moreover, … Read more

Insights from the 3rd Workshop: Open Science Stream

Group photo of the 3rd Workshop at EPFL in the Swiss Year of Scientometrics series

The participants of the third SYoS workshop pose for a group photo at lunch break in the BC building at EPFL (ETH Zurich / Annette Guignard)

The third workshop of the Swiss Year of Scientometrics took place on February 8th, 2024, on the EPFL campus, and was divided into two streams. The  “Open Science” stream addressed how to develop metrics for research assessment that consider the impact and value of Open Science outputs. The workshop stream started off with a general … Read more

The third lecture of the Swiss Year of Scientometrics explored the relationships between Open Science and Research Assessment

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The audience following Elizabeth Gadd's lecture (EPFL / Alain Herzog)

On 7 February 2024, the third Swiss Year of Scientometrics (SYoS) lecture took place at EPFL bringing together over 40 participants. After a welcome address by David Johann (Project Lead of SYoS) and a short introductory talk by Gilles Dubochet (Head of Open Science at EPFL), Elizabeth Gadd gave an inspiring lecture on the relationships … Read more

Fourth lecture on 24 April 2024 – Openness of research information: Democratizing the use of scientometrics

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Professor Ludo Waltman

The fourth SYoS lecture on “Openness of research information – Democratizing the use of scientometrics” is organised in collaboration with the Centre for Higher Education and Science Studies (CHESS). It will take place on 24 April 2024 at ETH Zurich (Campus Zentrum, Leonhardstrasse 21, 8092 Zürich, LEE E 101) We are extremely pleased to welcome … Read more

Shenanigans with Impact Factors 2: Thinking in Absolutes and Relatives

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"Drop" by Arek Socha, Pixabay

The Impact Factor is Big Business Aside from the infamous H-Index (which “quantifies” researchers), the most widely known concept from scientometrics is the Impact Factor (IF), which “quantifies” journals. Currently owned by Clarivate, the Journal Impact FactorTM is both a brand and a big business. Many copycats have tried to compete with the IF, but … Read more

Third Lecture on 7 February 2024 – The responsible assessment of open science

Portrait of Elizabeth Gadd

Dr Elizabeth Gadd

The third SYoS lecture on “The responsible assessment of open science” is organised in collaboration with EPFL. It will take place on 7 February 2024 at EPFL, Lausanne/Ecublens. We are delighted to welcome Dr Elizabeth Gadd as a speaker. Dr Elizabeth (Lizzie) Gadd chairs the International Network of Research Management Societies INORMS Research Evaluation Group … Read more

A Hierarchical Classification System of Research Fields to Understand Research Interconnectedness

Abstract illustration of the interconnectedness of institutions, researchers, labs and publications

Today’s challenges in scientometrics include overemphasis on existing metrics and the need for improved interdisciplinary indices [1,2,3,5,8]. An interdisciplinary project team based at ETH Zurich, co-lead by Prof. Peter Egger (economist) and Prof. Ce Zhang (computer scientist), addressed this issue by developing a hierarchical classification system that categorizes publications into disciplines, fields, and subfields based … Read more

National Coordination for Reforming Research Assessment

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Image based on a work by Dana Tentis, Pexels

CoARA (www.coara.eu) is being adopted by a number of Swiss higher education institutions. The 10 principles of CoARA imply a profound change in the criteria for evaluating scientific research, and at all levels of this evaluation, in a systemic way. For a successful implementation, university management will therefore need the support of researchers within their … Read more

Reflexive Bibliometrics: Debates, Discoveries, and Directions for the Future

Group photo of the participants of the 2nd SYoS workshop

The participants of the second SYoS workshop pose for a group photo at lunch break (ETH Zurich / Mahmoud Hemila)

The second SYoS workshop, which took place on 12 October 2023 at ETH Zurich, was dedicated to the topic of “reflexive bibliometrics”. The term “reflexive bibliometrics” may not be familiar to many, but it addresses an important phenomenon, namely, that many actors in the science system (e.g. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) or individual researchers) adapt … Read more