New research line on COVID-19 and scientific communication

In the last weeks, as a response to the coronavirus outbreak and the spread of scientific misinformation, we have started to work on understanding better how scientific communication is being transformed by the pandemic and tensions arising between scientists and the public. So far, we published a preprint which was referenced in Science Magazine. Now we have also received some funding from TU Delft and we are participating with the CWTS COVID-19 Research Programme.

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Science covers our work on COVID-19

Update 29/05/2020: a printed version of the Science story is now out

A couple of weeks ago we uploaded along with Daniel Torres-Salinas and Pedro A. Castillo-Valdivieso, from the University of Granada a preprint in which we modeled the publication growth and social media attention to COVID-19 papers to make predictions. A specific aspects we considered was the distinction between OA and non-OA publications. This is a work in progress and we hope to deliver some more solid results in the future.

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“Meaningful Data Counts” project has been granted!

I wanted to announce that I’ll be collaborating in the project Meaningful Data Counts, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation led by Stefanie Haustein (PI) and Isabella Peters (co-PI). You can read more about it in the official announcement posted in the ScholComm Lab.

Stefanie Haustein announced the funding yesterday on Twitter

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Los entresijos de publicar (o no) en revistas TOP:

Curso impartido dentro de la acción formativa #yosigopublicando organizada por la Universidad de Granada.

Resumen: Uno de los objetivos más ambiciosos que se puede plantear un investigador a nivel de publicación es que uno de sus manuscritos sean aceptados por revistas como Science, PNAS o Nature, los superjournals científicos encargados de dar a la luz los descubrimientos más importantes de la ciencia. Pues bien, para este curso contamos de nuevo con el investigador Marie Curie Nicolás Robinson que ha logrado o intentando publicar en dichas revistas. En esta conferencia Nicolás nos expondrá lo que ha denominado entresijos de publicar, es decir que elementos debe tener un artículo para ser publicado en top journals y que sucede con nuestro manuscritos cuando lo envíamos. Read more “Los entresijos de publicar (o no) en revistas TOP:”


New entry at The Bibliomagician: An interview with Juan…

This blog post was originally published at The Bibliomagician.

Nicolas Robinson interviews Juan Gorraiz, who works at Vienna University Library as a professional bibliometrician. Juan is editing a special issue for Frontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics on best practices in bibliometrics. Along with his professional activity giving research support to scientists and conducting bibliometric analyses at his institution, he has authored more than 60 scientific publications in journals such as ScientometricsResearch Evaluation, and Journal of Informetrics. Furthermore, he is one of the promoters and founders of the European Summer School for Scientometrics and organized the STI and ISSI Conferences in 2008 and 2013 respectively. In this interview he talks about his personal experience as a practitioner and scientist, how to bridge between both communities and the role professionals should and present challenges impeding a more fluid communication between these two communities. Read more “New entry at The Bibliomagician: An interview with Juan Gorraiz”


Jornada MOTIVADxS en la Universidad de Granada

El pasado viernes día 29 de noviembre participé en la jornada MOTIVADxS: un encuentro UGR para jóvenes investigadores, organizada por la Unidad de Bibliometría del Vicerrectorado de Investigación de la Universidad de Granada. La jornada fue inaugurada por el vicerrector de investigación Enrique Herrera-Viedma y pilotada por el compañero Daniel Torres-Salinas. Mi participación fue doble. Por un lado, di una pequeña charla en la que compartía experiencia y consejos sobre mis diversas estancias de investigación internacionales. Esta charla me dio la oportunidad de reflexionar sobre las cosas que fallaron y las que no las diferentes veces que he marchado al extranjero a buscar colaboraciones, así como estructurar un poco cómo debe de ser la organización previa (en teoría, que luego la práctica es otra cosa). Aquí abajo os comparto las diapos.

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Results from the 2019 Responsible Metrics State of the…

Post originally published in The Bibliomagician on November 12, 2019 by Nicolas Robinson-Garcia and Lizzie Gadd

Since 2015, the LIS-Bibliometrics Committee has run annual Responsible Metrics State-of-the-Art surveys in which we analyse the penetration of responsible metrics awareness and implementation in universities. Every year, the number of participants as well as the number of countries involved has increased, and already last year reported a total of 115 respondents. This year again, we have seen a notable increase with 218 respondents from 42 different countries with 72% of the respondents being from outside of the UK. This increase is partly due to the fact that alongside the Lis-Bibliometrics, ARMA Metrics (SIG) and INORMS Research Evaluation Working Group lists, it was also advertised on the Spanish speaking lists IWETEL (Spanish mailing list for information professionals) and INCYT (Indicadores de Ciencia y Tecnología (Science and Technology Indicators). This has resulted in a high number of Spanish and South American participants which allows for the first time to show comparisons between the UK and other countries. We plan to look at this in a separate blog post. But first let’s have a general overview of what the respondents indicated about the inclusion of responsible metrics practices in their institutions. Read more “Results from the 2019 Responsible Metrics State of the Art Survey”


Swamped by rankings

Lately the odds have confronted me with what I thought, was a topic I had left behind: university rankings. Having written my PhD thesis on university rankings, you can imagine how fed up I ended with all this business. Still, the fascination they provoke and the stimulating discussions they lead to (usually criticizing their use) traps me from time to time. While I thought these relapses were anecdotal, funnily, they have concentrated in the last 15 days. First, came the announcement of the release of the 2019 edition of the Leiden Ranking. This year, it includes gender and Open Access indicators. Me being involved in the development of the latter. Then, just a couple of days ago, our paper on Mining university rankings was finally accepted for publication in Research Evaluation and we uploaded an OA version of the manuscript.

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Towards more nuanced altmetric methods and indicators

We have recently had accepted a paper in FEMS Microbiology Letters in which we develop a methodological framework for the use of altmetrics trying to go beyond counting hits and trying to inform on how and who consumes what scientific literature. Although, not yet published, there is already a postprint version available via ArXiv which can be consulted. Read more “Towards more nuanced altmetric methods and indicators”