February 13, 2017


I am Nicolas Robinson-Garcia, PhD (International Doctorate) in Social Sciences (University of Granada). I am a postdoctoral researcher at the School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, working under the supervision of Dr. Julia Melkers. I previously worked as a Juan de la Cierva-Formación Fellow researcher at Ingenio (CSIC-Universidad Politècnica de Valencia) under the supervision of Ismael Rafols. During my PhD I was visiting researcher at the CWTS at Leiden University. I was also member of the Department of Library Studies of the University of Granada where I did some teaching. Since 2017 I am a member of the Steering Committee of the European Summer School for Scientometrics.

I am currently interested on the development of quantitative methods and indicators which help to better comprehend the different roles researchers play in the science ecosystem and on the effects of research evaluation schemes largely based on quantitative indicators.

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  • December 12, 2017. The entry ‘Los resultados del REF2014 en el Reino Unido marcan el camino a seguir en la evaluación científica’ by N. Robinson-Garcia has been published in the Blok de BiD. Blog post.
  • November 3, 2017. I taught the seminar ‘Disseminating your research. Scientific profiles and tools’ within the ‘Applied Academic English’ course organized by Jane Scarrow at the University of Granada. PPT
  • October 29, 2017. I participated in the I Reunión de Expertos de Evaluación Científica en los Vicerrectorados de Investigación presenting ‘Indicadores de movilidad científica basados en datos bibliométricos’. PPT
  • October 11, 2017. I presented the paper ‘Do altmetrics capture social engagement? A comparison between survey data and social media data’ by N. Robinson-Garcia, I. Ramos-Vielba, R. Costas, P. D’Este and I. Rafols at the Atlanta Conference, Oct 10-11 held in Atlanta (US). PPT

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Blog notes

Notes on papers I read this week (I)

Cañibano, C. & Bozeman, B. Curriculum vitae method in science policy and research evaluation: the state-of-the-art. Research Evaluation, 18(2), 86-94 This paper reviews the use of CV analysis in science policy. The value of CVs lies in the fact that they serve as personal services advertisement and the fact that researchers are strongly encouraged to Read more about Notes on papers I read this week (I)[…]


Twitter, altmetrics and science communication

Last week we got published in PLOS One a paper entitled ‘The unbearable emptiness of tweeting – About journal articles‘. Such provocative title was difficult to go unnoticed and almost immediately and ironically, people started to engage with it in Twitter commenting, criticizing and praising the paper. Among critiques, there were some regarding to the Read more about Twitter, altmetrics and science communication[…]


International collaboration: It is not only a matter of with whom but with how many?

Collaboration through co-authorship is a long studied field of work in scientometrics. The notion of international collaboration has been widely acknowledged through bibliometric data as a positive factor to improve the citation impact and visibility of publications. What is more, the share of international collaboration is an indicator of success used in many evaluation exercises at Read more about International collaboration: It is not only a matter of with whom but with how many?[…]


esss 2017: European Summer School for Scientometrics

Berlin, Germany September 17 – 22, 2017 http://www.esss.info Dear colleagues, We are happy to announce that this year’s registration for the European Summer School for Scientometrics (esss) is open NOW. The event will take place in Berlin, Germany from September 17 – 22, 2017. Like in previous years the programme offers an Introduction to Bibliometrics, Read more about esss 2017: European Summer School for Scientometrics[…]