Centre for Science and Technology Studies

The Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) studies scientific research and its connections to technology, innovation, and society. Our research, bibliometric and scientometric tools, and evaluation expertise provide a solid basis for supporting research assessment and strategic decision making and for developing science policy.

 

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  • To distinguish between an elephant and a rabbit: Citizen bibliometrics in biomedicine and economics

    In recent years there has been an increasing interest in how evaluation systems and resource allocation models affect research. A central question is how an increased focus on performance that is quantifiable affects researchers' practices and priorities. A number of documented and possible effects have been identified on a more general level (de Rijcke et al., 2016), but empirical studies of how bibliometric is used in evaluating individuals are few. Assessment at the individual level is difficult to study empirically. As a result, previous discussions were based primarily on individual examples and anecdotes. At the same time, this use of indicators is particularly important for individual careers as employment and research funding are at stake.

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  • Ten principles for the responsible use of university rankings

    We present ten principles that are intended to guide universities, students, governments, and other stakeholders in the responsible use of university rankings.

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  • UK universities and European industry: inseparable research partners?

    Universities and their business sector partners (‘industry’) are at the heart of the UK science and innovation system. Many university-industry interactions (UIIs) start with, or are supported by, joint research between academic researchers and industry R&D staff employed by research-active business enterprises. Close personal relationships between individuals may also arise from the job mobility of postdocs, researchers or professors who cross over from academia and the corporate sector, or from those with temporary or part-time affiliations on either side.

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