Our mission at CWTS is to improve how science is practiced and governed and how it serves society. To realize this mission, we aim to develop a deep understanding of the dynamics of scientific knowledge production, based on in-depth engagement with a broad range of scientific and societal stakeholders. We also aim to contribute to reforms in research assessment, adoption of open science practices, changes in research cultures, and innovations in research analytics. Moreover, recognizing that we are part of the research system ourselves, we strive to practice what we preach and to lead by example.
Our work at CWTS is guided by four core values:
We are proud to have a team of over 40 researchers and other professionals with an internationally recognized expertise in research assessment, science policy, scientometrics, and other related areas. Members of our team have a background in a broad range of fields in the social sciences, including science and technology studies, sociology, and anthropology. A number of team members have been trained in the sciences and have strong skills in computer and data science. Our team is highly international. Besides team members from the Netherlands, we have colleagues from a range of other European countries and also several colleagues from other parts of the world.
Most work we do at CWTS is organized in three focal areas:
In each of our focal areas, we combine research that aims to develop a deeper understanding of the research system with activities (e.g., consultancy, training, policy advice, and advocacy) through which we aim to intervene in the system and to improve it. By putting our ideas into practice in our own institute, we also aim to improve our own way of working.
Through CWTS BV, a company owned by Leiden University, we translate our research into products and services that serve the needs of a broad range of clients, including universities and other research institutions, research funders, companies, and governmental and non-governmental organizations. We support these organizations in the evaluation and management of their research. CWTS BV also offers a course program through which we provide training to staff members of these organizations, for instance to librarians, policy officers, and research managers.