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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  • 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
  • October 9, 2017. The paper ‘¿Tiene sentido limitar la coautoría científica? No existe inflación de autores en Ciencias Sociales y Educación en España’ by N. Robinson-Garcia and C.B. Amat has been accepted for publication in Revista Española de Documentación Científica. OA version

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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[…]


Scientific excellence is just one of the many paths to societal impact

Recently the LSE Impact blog posted and entry by Richard Woolley and I where we comment on the dangers of trying to link scientific excellence and societal impact. Assessing the societal impact of research is now the big challenge in research evaluation. Until recently, evaluative and policy efforts were placed on promoting the so-called ‘excellent Read more about Scientific excellence is just one of the many paths to societal impact[…]


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[…]


Living bibliography on Open Access

Bachrach, S. (1998, September 4). INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:Who Should Own Scientific Papers? Science. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). https://doi.org/10.1126/science.281.5382.1459 Björk, B.-C., Welling, P., Laakso, M., Majlender, P., Hedlund, T., & Guðnason, G. (2010, June 23). Open Access to the Scientific Journal Literature: Situation 2009. (E. Scalas, Ed.), PLoS ONE. Public Library of Science Read more about Living bibliography on Open Access[…]