The International Center for the Study of Research’s research agenda

The world of research does not stand still, and neither can our understanding of the processes and phenomena underlying advances at the forefront of knowledge. Without clear evidence on the factors driving knowledge production, policies and practices, the drive for continued improvement may lack effectiveness.

The International Center for the Study of Research (ICSR) has seven key research themes it will actively conduct studies into, to be used as a basis for meaningful and positive cultural and policy changes. The themes were identified in close collaboration with the ICSR Advisory Board at the board’s inaugural meeting in Rome in September 2019 and are detailed below.

  • Impact of research: Understanding the broad impacts of research, and public engagement with research
  • Inclusivity: Developing frameworks for assessing and monitoring the inclusivity and diversity of the research enterprise
  • Open Science: Measuring the prevalence and impact of open science practices and initiatives such as research data and method sharing, reproducibility, and open access to research outputs
  • Research careers: Understanding careers in research and beyond, with particular attention to collaboration and mobility
  • Research globalisation: Studying the research capacity and participation of nations in the global research enterprise, with a particular focus on the Global South
  • Research practices: Observing current practices in research performance, especially the use of metrics and indicators used in research evaluation
  • Sustainability: Evaluating the progress of research towards a sustainable future, with particular focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Dr Andrew Plume, President of ICSR and Chair of the ICSR Advisory Board said, These research themes reflect some of the most critical discussions happening today in the world of research. ICSR draws on the experience of the inter-related disciplines of research evaluation, bibliometrics, scientometrics and informetrics, science of science, science and technology studies, and science of team science to better understand the complexity of the modern research enterprise.

ICSR intends to pursue these themes through its own research, via collaborations with members of the ICSR Advisory Board, and through a program of wider engagement with expert communities across each theme.

Dr Plume continued, Research is never truly finished until it finds an appropriate application to real-world problems. Over the coming months and years, ICSR will strive to collect, co-create, synthesise and apply the study of research to the improvement of research metrics, evaluation and policy.

From l-r: Dr. Andrew Plume, Dr. √Čric Archambault, Prof. Diana Hicks, Dr. Sybille Hinze, Dr. Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski, Dr. Gunnar Sivertsen, Dr. Fereshteh Didegah, Prof. Chris Newfield, Dr. Lin Zhang, Dr. Jacquelina Leta, Prof. Johann Mouton

ICSR Advisory Board members in Rome
The ICSR Advisory Board members in attendance at the inaugural meeting in Rome, September 2019.