Who is the modern scientist? Lecture by Steven Shapin

by Sarah de Rijcke 4 Nov 2013

There are now many historical studies of what’s been called scientists’ personæ–-the typifications, images, and expectations attached to people who do scientific work. There has been much less interest in the largely managerial and bureaucratic …

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Update Crafting Your Career (CYC)

by Sarah de Rijcke 15 Oct 2013

Crafting your Career (the event co-organised by CWTS and the Rathenau Instituut, 30 October 2013) is attracting a lot of attention. With only two weeks to go, 173 people have registered (we’re aiming for 200) and over a 1000 people have taken ou…

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Stick to Your Ribs: Interview with Paula Stephan — Economics, Science, and Doing Better

by Paul Wouters 15 Oct 2013

Originally posted on The Scholarly Kitchen:The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power (Photo credit: Wikipedia) This interview with economist Paula Stephan of Georgia State University and the National Bureau of Economic Research ran last April…

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Science in Transition Conference

by Paul Wouters 11 Oct 2013

Over the next few years, science will have to make a number of important transitions. There is deeply-felt uncertainty and discontent on a number of aspects of the scientific system: the tools measuring scientific output, the publish-or-perish culture,…

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Bibliometrics of individual researchers – the debate in Berlin

by Paul Wouters 3 Oct 2013

The lively debate we had at the ISSI conference in Vienna continued at the STI2013 conference, “Translational twists and turns: science as a socio-economic endeavour” 4-6 September in Berlin. A full plenary was devoted to the challenge of, and the …

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Event: crafting your career

by Sarah de Rijcke 16 Sep 2013

On Wednesday October 30, the Rathenau Instituut and CWTS are jointly organizing an event for researchers, Crafting your Career. A growing demand on researchers to perform seems to distract from other competencies needed or desired to be a good scienti…

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The Persistent Lure of the Impact Factor–Even for PLOS ONE

by Paul Wouters 31 Jul 2013

Reblogged from The Scholarly Kitchen: With the growing support for DORA and policies like that of HEFCE, which forbids the use of the Impact Factor in assessing researchers, one would think that the power of the Impact Factor would be on the wane. But …

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Bibliometrics of individual researchers

by Paul Wouters 29 Jul 2013

The demand for measures of individual performance in the management of universities and research institutes has been growing, in particular since the early 2000s. The publication of the Hirsch Index in 2005 (Hirsch, 2005) and its popularisation by the …

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Vice Rector University of Vienna calls for a new scientometrics

by Paul Wouters 17 Jul 2013

At the opening of the bi-annual conference of the International Society for Informetrics and Scientometrics (ISSI) in Vienna on July 16, Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik, the Vice Rector of the University of Vienna called upon the participants to reorient …

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May university rankings help uncover problematic or fraudulent research?

by Paul Wouters 4 Jul 2013

Can one person manipulate the position of a whole university in a university ranking such as the Leiden Ranking? The answer is, unfortunately, sometimes yes – provided the processes of quality control in journals do not function properly. A Turkish c…

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