International Center for the Study of Research

Advancing research evaluation in all fields of knowledge production.

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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.

About ICSR

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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:

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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