Introducing the International Center for the Study of Research
The Center will listen closely to the research community’s needs and will identify, review, develop and foster the use of rich and precise qualitative and quantitative indicators of research inputs, activities, outputs and outcomes. Robust, carefully used indicators can help students, faculty, researchers, research administrators and policy makers make the most of the resources at their disposal to achieve their research aims. Smart indicators also help accurately showcase research impact to the global community.
The ICSR’s modus operandi will be to encourage the examination of research using arrays of metrics and qualitative and quantitative methods rather than favoring one-size-fits-all approaches. The proposed arrays will allow researchers and analysts to more effectively evaluate research on dimensions such as productivity, quality, and impact. The Center will draw on the interconnected disciplines of research evaluation, bibliometrics and scientometrics, science of science, science and technology studies, and science of team science. Through its work the Center will seek to further our understanding of the sociological, technological and cultural factors that underpin the conduct of modern research and how the interplay of these forces drive research progress.
The ICSR will be simultaneously: an open lab for the generation of hypotheses, a forum for mixing established evaluation expertise with fresh ideas, and a test center and assembly plant for the array of indicators and implementation best practices that will contribute to the growth of rigorous research evaluation practices.
In this work it is supported by the ICSR Advisory Board, comprised of experts in research metrics, indicators and research assessment practices drawn from within and beyond Elsevier and selected to reflect a diversity of gender, geography, culture and research expertise.
The International Center for the Study of Research Advisory Board
The role of the Advisory Board is to provide the Center with robust, rigorous and contextual expert advice in the areas of research evaluation and research metrics and indicators. This includes identification of research needs to address critical information gaps, assessment of proposed future research actions and of research results.
The Advisory Board is comprised of experts in research metrics, indicators and research assessment practices selected to maximize diversity in terms of gender, geography, culture and research fields. In addition to up to four (4) standing members from Elsevier, up to twelve (12) members drawn from outside Elsevier will serve on the ICSR Advisory Board at any one time.
The ICSR Advisory Board is charged with:
- Providing expert input on developing, characterising and validating new and existing research metrics, indicators and research assessment practices
- Advising on the selection of independent, external studies on topics within this scope to be supported
- Ad hoc assessment and guidance on other matters of relevance to the ICSR
Advisory Board Members
Dr. Diana Hicks, Professor, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Diana Hicks is Professor in the School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology specializing in metrics for science and technology policy. She was the first author on the Leiden Manifesto for research metrics published in Nature, which has been translated into 20 languages and which won the 2016 Ziman award of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) for collaborative promotion of public interaction with science and technology.Read more
Her work has informed policy makers in the U.S., Europe and Japan. She has advised the OECD, Flanders, the Czech Republic and Sweden on national research evaluation systems. She chaired the School of Public Policy for 10 years and currently co-chairs the international Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy and is an editor of Research Evaluation. Prof. Hicks has also taught at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley; SPRU, University of Sussex, and worked at NISTEP in Tokyo. She earned her D.Phil and M.Sc. from SPRU, University of Sussex. In 2018 she was elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for
distinguished contributions to the evaluation of national and international research and development enterprises, and for outstanding leadership in science and technology policy education.
Dr. Sybille Hinze, Deputy Head Research System and Science Dynamics, German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW)
Dr. Sybille Hinze graduated in ‘Management of Science from the Humboldt-University. From 1990 to 1997 she worked as a research fellow at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (Fraunhofer ISI), Karlsruhe. She obtained her Ph.D. in 1997 from Leiden University, Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), the Netherlands. From 1997-1999 she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Research Evaluation and Policy Project, Australian National University, Canberra.Read more
From 1999 to 2008 she held a senior researcher position at Fraunhofer ISI and from 2006 to 2008 she was deputy head of the competence centre Policy and Regions. From March 2005 to August 2006 she was seconded to the European Commission, DG Research, Unit Programming, Monitoring, and Evaluation. From August 2008 to December 2015 she worked as Deputy Director of the Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance. With the merger of iFQ and DZHW she became Deputy Director of Research Area 2: Research System and Science Dynamics, at the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies.
Sybille Hinze is a member of the steering committee of the European Summer School for Scientometrics, European editor of the Journal Science and Public Policy, secretary of the European Network of Indicator Designers (ENID) since September 2013 and was appointed chair of the German Competence Centre for Bibliometrics in November 2014. Since February 2017 Sybille Hinze is the German representative to the COST scientific committee.
Professor Amane Koizumi, National Institutes of Natural Sciences, Japan
Professor Amane Koizumi currently works for National Institutes of Natural Sciences, Japan, since 2013, the headquarter of five national research institutes including astronomy, fusion physics, basic biology, neuroscience/physiology, and molecular science. In his current role, he is managing/overviewing research activities of their research institutes. Koizumi also led Japanese Ministry-initiated research metrics project (2016-2017), and his team found the importance of
ATSUMI metrics such as h5-index for evaluating institutional research activities as well as quantity and quality indexes.
Koizumi is a graduate of Keio University Medical School, Tokyo, Japan (1997). After he got a Japanese medical doctor license, Koizumi became a PhD for retinal neurophysiology in Keio University.
Koizumi was also a research fellow of Professor Richard H. Masland, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School (2002-2007), Boston, USA, and invented novel organotypic culture of mammalian retina. Koizumi got awarded from Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan (2010).
Professor Jacqueline Leta, Associate Professor, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Since 1994, Jacqueline Leta has conducted research in the field of Bibliometrics / Scientometrics, with emphasis on the analysis of Brazilian scientific production, focusing on the themes Science and Health and Science and Gender. She was a researcher at the Research Dept. of USP (2000 to 2002), member of the Permanent Commission of Indicators of S & T, MCT (2003) and member of the Evaluation Committee of the Research Groups Directory in Brazil (2010). She is a member of the editorial board of national and international magazines.Read more
Since 2015, she has been a member of the editorial board of the Annals of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. Member of the Executive Committee of the International Society of Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI) from 2013 to 2017, organized the 1st Brazilian Meeting on Bibliometrics and Scientometrics in 2008 and the International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics in 2009, both in Rio de Janeiro. She held a post-doctorate at Univ Católica de Leuven in 2005, under the coordination of Dr. Glanzel. In 2015, she was elected coordinator of the Graduate Program in Information Science, an IBICT-UFRJ agreement, in which she has been a permanent teacher since 2009. She is currently head of the Education, Management and Dissemination in Sciences Program of the Institute of Medical Biochemistry.
Dr. Valentina Markusova, Lead Researcher, All Russian Institute of Scientific & Technical Information (VINITI) of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS)
Since 1970, Dr. Markusova has worked at the All Russian Institute of Scientific & Technical Information (VINITI) of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). Her current position is the leading researcher of VINITI. From 1993-2018 she was the Chief of Department and prior to that (1970-1993) she was a postdoctoral researcher.Read more
As the Chief of Department she was responsible for managing research activity and evaluation of various organizations under the auspice of RAS, and studying domestic and international research collaboration and evaluation of Russian journals’ performance.
She has more than 35 years of experience studying the bibliometric performance of Soviet and Russian science, domestic and international collaboration and science policy. She has authored and coauthored more than 140 papers – of which half were published or translated into English, as well as six book chapters in Russian. She has presented at more than 50 international and domestic conferences.
Dr. Markusova also has 35 years of teaching experience at Russian and American universities. From 1975-2010 she was a Professor at the Higher Continuing Education Institute for the Information Specialists and Librarians of the State Committee of Science and Technology of the USSR. Since 1992, she has taught at the Higher Continuing Education Institute for the Information Specialists and Librarians of the Ministry of Education and Science in Moscow. She was a visiting Professor at the School of Communication and Library Sciences at the University of Alabama from 2008-2012.
Dr. Markusova has served as the expert of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research since 2016 and as the expert of the Russian Foundation of Humanities from 2010-2015. She is a member of editorial board of various national journals. She serves also as a peer-reviewer for PLOS, Scientometrics and various Russian journals.
Professor Johann Mouton, Director of the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science & Technology, Stellenbosch University
Professor Johann Mouton is professor in, and director of the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology at Stellenbosch University and the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Scientometrics and STI Policy. He is on the editorial board of 5 international journals including the Journal of Mixed Methods Research, Science and Public Policy, Science, Technology and Society and Minerva. He has authored or co-authored 10 monographs including Understanding social research (1996), The practice of social research (2002, with E Babbie) and How to succeed in your Masters and doctoral studies (2001).Read more
He has also edited or co-edited 9 books, published 90 articles in peer reviewed journals and chapters in books, written more than 100 contract and technical reports and given more than 200 papers at national and international conferences and seminars. He has presented more than 60 workshops on research methodology and post-graduate supervision and supervised 82 doctoral and master’s students over the past twenty years. He has received two prizes from the Academy for Science and Arts in South Africa including one for his contribution to the promotion of research methodology in South Africa. In 2012 he was elected to the Council of the Academy of Science of South Africa.
His main research interests are the philosophy and methodology of the social sciences, higher education knowledge production, sociology of science, scientometrics and science policy studies.
Professor Chris Newfield, Professor of Literature and American Studies, University of California Santa Barbara
Christopher Newfield is Professor of literature and American studies in the English department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His fields are U.S. literature before the Civil War and after World War II, Critical University Studies, critical theory, quantification studies, and the effects of the humanities. He has written a trilogy of books on the university as an intellectual and social institution:Read more
Ivy and Industry: Business and the Making of the American University, 1880-1980 (Duke University Press, 2003); Unmaking the Public University: The Forty Year Assault on the Middle Class (Harvard University Press, 2008); and The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), which has just appeared in paperback. His current research, “Limits of the Numerical,” studies the effects of learning and research measurement on higher education and has been awarded a 2-year NEH Collaborative Research Grant. He served as co-PI on an NSF grant that founded a Center for Nanotechnology in Society at UCSB, where he studied renewal energy innovation and co-authored a film, What Happened to Solar Innovation? He also writes about American intellectual and social history (The Emerson Effect, University of Chicago Press), and has co-edited Mapping Multiculturalism (University of Minnesota Press) with Avery F. Gordon. He blogs on higher education policy at Remaking the University, and has written for the Huffington Post, Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher Education, WonkHE (UK), The Guardian’s Higher Education Network, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He teaches courses in Detective Fiction, Noir California, Contemporary U.S. Literature, Innovation Theory, and English Majoring After College.
Dr. Katarina Prpić, Institute for Social Research, Croatia
Dr Prpic has a PhD in sociology, is an awardee of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts and was previously a tenured senior scientist at the Institute for Social Research - Zagreb (Croatia). Her research has been focused on the scientific productivity, social organization of science, science and society relations, scientists’ professional ethics, on female and young researchers and on corporate science (business R&D). Her numerous publications – of which near one third published in English language - include solo-authored, co-authored and edited books, book chapters as well as journal articles, some published in eminent international journals covering science & technology studies.Read more
She is a member of the editorial boards of several international social science journals. From 2007 to 2015 she was consecutively co-chairing and chairing ESA (European Sociological Association) Research Network 24 - Science and Technology / SSTNET – Sociology of Science and Technology Network (RN24/SSTNET) and currently she is a network’s board member.
Dr. Gunnar Sivertsen, Researcher, Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU)
Gunnar Sivertsen is Research Professor and Head of Bibliometric Research at the Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU) in Oslo, Norway. Sivertsen established bibliometrics as a field of research in Norway in 1989 and has since then published frequently in the core journals of the field with publications cited up to 272 times (within Web of Science).Read more
Based on his research results and competences, Sivertsen has contributed to science-based innovation in the development and use of indicators. He has impacted not only the development within the academic field of scientometrics and research evaluation, but also advised and influenced the development of the research system in several countries in direct interaction with governments, institutions and other stakeholders outside of the academic community.
Sivertsen is also specialized in 18th Century literature and the works of Ludvig Holberg (1684-1754); has a PhD in Scandinavian literature from the University of Oslo.
Professor Lin Zhang, School of Information Management, Wuhan University, China
Lin Zhang is a full-professor at Dept. Information Management of Wuhan university in China and a guest professor at the Center for R&D Monitoring (ECOOM) at KU Leuven in Belgium. She holds a Phd degree of management science, on the topic of quantitative science study. Her research interests include bibliometrics, research evaluation and research policy. She currently services at the international journal of Scientometrics as an associate editor, and editorial board member of Frontiers in Scholarly Metrics and Analytics, Journal of Data and Information Science.Read more
She is a board member of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics, and the vice-director of Chinese Association for Scientometrics and Informetrics. She is the Principal Investigator for several national projects funded by National Science Foundation of China.
Dr. Éric Archambault, General Manager, 1science, Elsevier
Éric Archambault is the CEO and founder of Science-Metrix and 1science. An expert in science policy and a seasoned bibliometrician, he has more than 20 years of experience conducting and managing S&T evaluation and bibliometric studies for Canadian and international governmental organizations, as well as for clients in the academic, not-for-profit and private sectors.
Dr. Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski, Vice President, Research Intelligence, Elsevier
Holly Falk-Krzesinski, PhD, is the Vice President, Research Intelligence in the Global Strategic Networks team. Her responsibilities center on how insights from data, metrics, and analytics guide strategic planning for the research enterprise by research institutions and funders globally. Previously, Dr. Falk-Krzesinski was a faculty administrator at Northwestern University where she integrated the use of various tools to support scientific collaboration and demonstrate the impact of the university’s research programs.
Dr. Andrew Plume, Senior Director of Research Evaluation, Elsevier
Dr. Andrew Plume is Senior Director of Research Evaluation at Elsevier, and Chair of the ICSR Advisory Board. He holds a PhD in plant molecular biology from the University of Queensland (Australia) and conducted post-doctoral research at Imperial College London. Since 2004 he has specialized in the application of scientometric approaches to understand the dynamics of the world of research, from researchers and articles all the way up to system-wide studies.