Category Archives: Research evaluation

China’s global growth in social science research: Uncovering evidence from bibliometric analyses of SSCI publications (1978–2013)

The phenomenon of China’s rise as an emerging scientific power has been well documented, yet the development of its social science is less explored. Utilizing up-to-date Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) publication data (1978–2013), this paper probes the patterns and dynamics of China’s social science research via bibliometric analyses. Our research indicates that despite the national orientation of social science research and the linguistic obstacle of publishing for an international audience, China’s publications in the SSCI dataset have been rising in terms of volume, world share, and global ranking. But China is still not yet a major player in the arena of social sciences, as is evidenced by the number of Chinese journals indexed in SSCI and the lack of Olympic players. Team research features China’s international publishing in social science, but the research outputs are highly unbalanced at regional and institutional levels.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1751157715000528

Author(s): Weishu Liu, Guangyuan Hu, Li Tang, and Yuandi Wang
Orgainzation(s): Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, and Sichuan University
Source: Journal of Informetrics
Year: 2015

Impacts of an interdisciplinary research center on participant publication and collaboration patterns: A case study of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthes

Interdisciplinary research centers are typically viewed as a vehicle for creating opportunities in science where the intricacy of the research problem calls for persistent collaboration across multiple disciplines. This case study analyzed the effects of an interdisciplinary research center on the publication and collaboration behaviors of faculty affiliated with the center. The study also sought to determine through faculty interviews what factors contributed to these effects for participants whose publication and collaboration behaviors were most changed after affiliation. Results of the study indicate that affiliation with the center has a significant positive effect on participant collaboration activities, and a moderate positive effect on publication activities (i.e. publishing in new fields). Factors contributing to success cited by interviewees included organized leadership, a positive atmosphere, breaking into sub-groups, and the ability to collaborate with researchers with whom they would not have interacted outside of the center. This case study may be useful in providing a framework for early evaluation of the effects of interdisciplinary research centers on affiliated participants.

Author(s): Pamela R Bishop, Schuyler W Huck, Bonnie H Ownley, Jennifer K Richards and Gary J Skolits
Organization(s): University of Tennessee
Source: Research Evaluation
Year: 2014

http://rev.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2014/08/28/reseval.rvu019.abstract

The Role of the National Science Foundation in the Origin and Evolution of Additive Manufacturing in the United States

Additive manufacturing (AM) is growing rapidly as a field of research, as well as an emerging technology with the potential to revolutionize manufacturing. Firms in the United States are a dominant player in the field, selling over 70% of the professional grade
machines to date. This is a fitting time to look at the evolution of the field with a critical eye toward determining the roles of various institutions—public funders, private entrepreneurs and inventors, universities, and others—in its development. Continue reading The Role of the National Science Foundation in the Origin and Evolution of Additive Manufacturing in the United States

Tracing the footprint of knowledge spillover: Evidence from U.S.-China Collaboration in Nanotechnology

The impacts of international collaboration on research performance have been extensively explored in the last two decades. Most research, however, focuses on quantity and citation-based indicators. Utilizing the turnover of keywords, this study develops an integrative approach tracking and visualizing the shift of the research stream and tests it within the context of U.S.-China collaboration in nanotechnology. Continue reading Tracing the footprint of knowledge spillover: Evidence from U.S.-China Collaboration in Nanotechnology

Création de Systèmes d’Intelligence dans une Organisation de Recherche et Développement avec la Scientométrie et la Médiamétrie (Creation of Intelligence Systems in a Research and Development Organisation with Scientometrics and Mediametrics)

Ce travail est un trait d’union entre les sciences de l’information et de la communication. Une robuste méthodologie et des outils performants d’analyses bibliométriques sont utilisés pour des études scientométriques et médiamétriques. Pour cela, nous avons étudié la production scientifique d’une organisation publique de recherche et développement, l’Entreprise Brésilienne de Recherche Agronomique (Embrapa), les compétences de ses chercheurs et enfin nous avons évalué la performance de cette organisation et ses 40 centres de recherche dans les médias. Continue reading Création de Systèmes d’Intelligence dans une Organisation de Recherche et Développement avec la Scientométrie et la Médiamétrie (Creation of Intelligence Systems in a Research and Development Organisation with Scientometrics and Mediametrics)

International collaborative patterns in China’s nanotechnology publications

Nanotechnology research has emerged as a monumental scientific endeavor worldwide. Over the past decade, China’s nanotechnology publication activity has grown exponentially at an annual rate of about 20%. International collaboration plays a major role in this Chinese research advance. This paper explores these nanotechnology collaboration patterns and collaborators’ performance through bibliometric and text mining analyses to draw policy implications for promoting further research.

Author(s): Ye, X., Liu, Y., and Porter, A.L
Organization(s): Beijing Institute of Technology and Georgia Institute of Technology
Source: International Journal of Technology Management
Year: future issue

Effects of International Collaboration and Knowledge Moderation on China’s Nanotechnology Research Impacts

Recent studies have consistently reported that China is becoming a leading nation in scientific output, notably in the emerging field of nanotechnology. Given the existence of Chinese diaspora and reverse migration, the driver of such growth is presumed to be international collaboration. However, little evidence shows collaboration to be the principal determinant. The purpose of this article is to examine the impact of international collaboration on the research visibility of China nanotechnology. Continue reading Effects of International Collaboration and Knowledge Moderation on China’s Nanotechnology Research Impacts

Composing technology roadmapping according to bibliometrics: hybrid model and empirical study

Technology roadmapping is considered a powerful instrument for technology assessment and forecasting, and the composing model for technology roadmapping is also a hot topic in the field of technology visualization. This paper tries to introduce a bibliometric method involving with terms frequency analysis and association analysis to construct the objects and their relationships in the technology roadmapping, and blend with expert knowledge to locate each object in the appropriate layer and time interval. Continue reading Composing technology roadmapping according to bibliometrics: hybrid model and empirical study

Using TechMining for designing research policy in a Colombian Higher Education Institution

Extended Abstract – NEW INDICATORS session at “1st Global TechMining Conference” 2011

Author(s):Jenny Marcela Sanchez-Torres (Universidad Nacional de Colombia)

The most important Higher Education Institution –HEI- of Colombia has designed a model for measuring its R&D activities which has a set of indicators, some of them are calculated using techmining techniques. Its results as used as input for formulating and implementing R&D policies. This paper shows this experience. Continue reading Using TechMining for designing research policy in a Colombian Higher Education Institution