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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  • February 9, 2018. The paper ”Getting out of the closet’: Scientific authorship of literary fiction and knowledge transfer’ by J.M. Azagra-Caro, A. Fernández-Mesa and N. Robinson-Garcia has been accepted for publication in Journal of Technology Transfer. OA version
  • January 21-24, 2018. I have visited Arizona State University at Phoenix with colleagues from the Centre for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Studies (CSTEPS) for a project meeting.
  • December 19, 2017. The working paper ‘Global research collaboration: Networks and partners in South East Asia’ by R. Woolley, N. Robinson-Garcia and R. Costas are now publicly available. OA version
  • 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.

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Blog notes

Movilidad científica, un fenómeno con múltiples caras

I wrote to Luria to save me J.D. Watson (1968) En su relato acerca del descubrimiento de la estructura del ADN, son muchas las menciones que hace James D. Watson a su mentor Salvador Luria y el papel clave que jugó en buscarle la financiación necesaria para que pudiera mantenerse durante su etapa postdoctoral en Read more about Movilidad científica, un fenómeno con múltiples caras[…]


Notes on papers I read this week (II)

This week I have been reading a bunch of work on foreign-born scientists. I have focused on the works by Paula Stephan and colleagues. Here is some of the stuff and notes for future me. Levin, S.G., Stephan, P. (1999). Are the foreign born a source of strength for U.S. science? Science, 285(5431), 1213-1214. Inflow Read more about Notes on papers I read this week (II)[…]


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[…]