International Center for the Study of Research

Advancing research evaluation in all fields of knowledge production.

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Our Mission

The mission of the International Center for the Study of Research (ICSR) is to further the study of research and thus to contribute to the evidence base supporting the practice of research strategy, evaluation and policy. Our vision is a world in which decisions informed by such evidence benefit research and society.


What would you investigate using research metadata (including those that power Elsevier solutions such as Scopus and PlumX) and a powerful computational platform? ICSR Lab is free to use for scholarly research relating to the ICSR research themes.

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ICSR Research Themes

Our research themes were identified in close collaboration with the ICSR Advisory Board and encompass seven areas where new research can help drive positive change.

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The ICSR 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.

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ICSR Perspectives

ICSR Perspectives is a series of short reports from the ICSR which aims to further the conversation, offer new perspectives and inform the research community on topics relating to research evaluation.

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How will ICSR deliver on this mission?

ICSR delivers on this mission by identifying critical challenges and questions in research (organized around key research themes), which are developed with key stakeholders including funders, institutions (ICSR Partners), experts in the study of research and researchers themselves. We are also supported by an external ICSR Advisory Board.

These research questions may be addressed by qualitative and/or quantitative approaches, including using the rich datasets and advanced analytics available in the ICSR Lab. Insights and recommendations will be shared through reports such as ICSR Perspectives or via peer-reviewed publications; co-created methods, metrics, and indicators will be available to the research community using a framework for their responsible use.

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