Centre for Science and Technology Studies Centre for Science and Technology Studies 2333AL Leiden Zuid Holland 31715273909

Prof.dr. Sarah de Rijcke

Sarah joined the Centre for Science & Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University in the Spring of 2011, where she is currently Professor in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies and Scientific Director of the institute.

Her long-term research interest is to examine the interactions between science governance and knowledge creation. She has a strong international reputation in Science and Technology Studies (STS), with specific training and expertise in social studies of research evaluation.​

Sarah's research has been taken up by a host of international bodies. She recurrently acts as expert advisor in European and global science policy initiatives. Most recently, she was invited to represent the Netherlands in a high-level UNESCO Expert Group to write a global recommendation on Open Science (2020-2021).​

She serves as Board member of the Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC) and as Council member of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST). She is a member of multiple scientific advisory boards in Europe, including those of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna, and the Munich Center for Technology in Society (TU Munich).​

Sarah is Editorial Board member of Science, Technology & Human Values (ST&HV); The Global Epistemics Book Series; Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, and Social Sciences and Humanities Communications.​

In 2019, she received a ZonMW-grant for the project 'Stimulating Academic Gatekeeper Engagement in responsible research assessment (SAGE)' (with Guus Dix).​

In 2018, she received an ERC Starting Grant for the project 'FluidKnowledge - How evaluation shapes ocean science.' (2019-2023).​

In February 2017, she received a ZonMw Fostering Responsible Research Practices grant for the project 'Optimizing the responsible researcher: towards fair and constructive academic advancement'.​​​​

As of June 2016, she is an elected member of the Young Academy of Europe.​

From 2015 - 2017, Sarah was an Anna Boyksen Fellow at the TU Munich Institute for Advanced Study & the Munich Centre for Technology in Society (MCTS). She was a visiting professor at the STS department in Vienna in 2015, a visiting research fellow at UC San Diego in 2010 and a visiting pre-doc at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in 2007.

Before coming to Leiden she held a postdoctoral position at the Virtual Knowledge Studio with Anne Beaulieu (KNAW, Amsterdam).

In 2010, she received her PhD with honors from the University of Groningen, with Douwe Draaisma & Trudy Dehue.

Research interests

Evaluation Studies
Social Theory
Constitutive effects of indicators
History of scientific objectivity
Situated intervention


Young Academy of Europe

The YAE is a pan-European initiative of outstanding young scientists for networking, scientific exchange and science policy. The YAE is organized as a bottom-up initiative of a dynamic and innovative group of recognized European young scientists and scholars with outspoken views about science and science policy. We provide input and advice from a younger generation's perspective.


Society for the Social Studies of Science. Scholarly society. The main purpose is to bring together those interested in understanding science, technology, and medicine, including the way they develop and interact with their social contexts.


European Association for the Study of Science and Technology. Established in 1981, it is the organization which represents academics and researchers in the fields of science and technology studies, the social analysis of innovation, and related areas of knowledge.


Scholarly Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture. 

More information on current projects and events can be found at www.sarahderijcke.nl.



Journal publications (30)

  • Costas, R., De Rijcke, S., & Marres, N.S. (2021). “Heterogeneous couplings”: operationalizing network perspectives to study science‐society interactions through social media metrics. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 72(5), 595-610. (paper)
  • Scholten, W., Franssen, T., van Drooge, L., De Rijcke, S., & Hessels, L.K. (2021). Funding for few, anticipation among all: effects of excellence funding on academic research groups. Science and Public Policy, 48(2), 265-275. (paper)
  • Strinzel, M., Brown, J., Kaltenbrunner, W., De Rijcke, S., & Hill, M. (2021). Ten ways to improve academic CVs for fairer research assessment, 8. Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, 251. (paper)
  • Dix, G., Kaltenbrunner, W., Tijdink, J.K., Valkenburg, G., & De Rijcke, S. (2020). Algorithmic allocation: untangling rival conceptions of fairness in research management. Politics and Governance, 8(2), 15-25. (paper)
  • Marres, N.S., & De Rijcke, S. (2020). From indicators to indicating interdisciplinarity: a participatory mapping methodology for research communities in-the-making. Quantitative Science Studies, 1(3), 1041-1055. (paper)
  • Hessels, L.K., Franssen, T., Scholten, W., & De Rijcke, S. (2019). Variation in Valuation: How Research Groups Accumulate Credibility in Four Epistemic Cultures. Minerva, 57(2), 127-149. (paper)
  • Kaltenbrunner, W., & De Rijcke, S. (2019). Filling in the gaps: The interpretation of curricula vitae in peer review. Social Studies of Science, 49(6). (paper)
  • Penders, B., Holbrook, J.B., & De Rijcke, S. (2019). Rinse and Repeat: Understanding the Value of Replication across Different Ways of Knowing. Publications, 7(3), e52. (paper)
  • Rushforth, A.D., Franssen, T., & De Rijcke, S. (2019). Portfolios of Worth. Capitalizing on Basic and Clinical Problems in Biomedical Research Groups. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 44(2), 209-236. (paper)
  • Wilsdon, J., & De Rijcke, S. (2019). Europe the rule-maker. Nature, 569, 479-481. doi:10.1038/d41586-019-01568-x (paper)
  • Wouters, P., Sugimoto, C., Larivière, V., McVeigh, M.E., Pulverer, B., De Rijcke, S., & Waltman, L. (2019). Rethinking impact factors: Better ways to judge a journal (comment). Nature, 569, 621-623. (paper)
  • De Rijcke, S., & Penders, B. (2018). Resist calls for replicability in the humanities. Nature, 560(7716), 29. (paper)
  • Degn, L., Franssen, T., Sørensen, M.P., & De Rijcke, S. (2018). Research groups as communities of practice – a case study of four high-performing research groups. Higher Education, 76(2), 231-246. (paper)
  • Forsberg, E.M., Anthun, F.O., Bailey, S., Birchley, G., Bout, H., Casonato, C., Fuster, G.G., Heinrichs, B., Horbach, S.P.J.M., Jacobsen, I.S., Janssen, J., Kaiser, M., Lerouge, I., Van Der Meulen, B.J.R., De Rijcke, S., Sutrop, M., Saretzki, T., Varantola, K., Tazewell, M., Zwart, H., Vie, K.J., & Zöller, M. (2018). Working with Research Integrity-Guidance for Research Performing Organisations: The Bonn PRINTEGER Statement. Science and Engineering Ethics, 24(4), 1023-1034. (paper)
  • Franssen, T., Scholten, W., Hessels, L.K., & De Rijcke, S. (2018). The Drawbacks of Project Funding for Epistemic Innovation: Comparing Institutional Affordances and Constraints of Different Types of Research Funding. Minerva, 56(1), 11-33. (paper)
  • Fochler, M., & De Rijcke, S. (2017). Implicated in the Indicator Game? An Experimental Debate. Engaging Science, Technology, and Society, 3, 21-40. (paper)
  • Hammarfelt, B.M.S., De Rijcke, S., & Wouters, P. (2017). From eminent men to excellent universities: university rankings as calculative devices. Minerva, 55(4), 391-411. (paper)
  • Kaltenbrunner, W., & De Rijcke, S. (2017). Quantifying ‘Output’ for Evaluation: Administrative Knowledge Politics and Changing Epistemic Cultures in Dutch Law Faculties. Science and Public Policy, 44(2), 284-293. (paper)
  • Müller, R., & De Rijcke, S. (2017). Thinking with indicators. Exploring the Epistemic Impacts of Academic Performance Indicators in the Life Sciences. Correction to earlier article, : p. 361. Research Evaluation, 26(4). (paper)
  • Paul-Hus, A., Desrochers, N., De Rijcke, S., & Rushforth, A.D. (2017). The reward system of science. Aslib Journal of Information Management, 69(5), 478-485. (paper)
  • Rushforth, A.D., & De Rijcke, S. (2017). Quality monitoring in transition: The challenge of evaluating translational research programs in academic biomedicine. Science and Public Policy, 44(4), 513-523. (paper)
  • De Rijcke, S., Wouters, P., Rushforth, A.D., Franssen, T., & Hammarfelt, B.M.S. (2016). Evaluation practices and effects of indicator use - A literature review. Research Evaluation, 25(2), 161-169. (paper)
  • Hammarfelt, B.M.S., De Rijcke, S., & Rushforth, A.D. (2016). Quantified academic selves: The gamification of science through social networking services, : eSM1. Information Research, 21(2). (paper)
  • De Rijcke, S., & Rushforth, A.D. (2015). To intervene, or not to intervene, is that the question? On the role of scientometrics in research evaluation. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 66(9), 1954-1958. (paper)
  • Hicks, D., Wouters, P., Waltman, L., De Rijcke, S., & Rafols, I. (2015). The Leiden Manifesto for research metrics. Nature, 520(7548), 429-431. (paper)
  • Rushforth, A.D., & De Rijcke, S. (2015). Accounting for impact? The journal impact factor and the making of biomedical research in the Netherlands. Minerva, 53(2), 117-139. (paper)
  • De Rijcke, S., & Beaulieu, A. (2011). Image as interface: consequences for users of museum knowledge. Library Trends, 59(4), 663-685. doi:10.1353/lib.2011.0020 (paper)
  • De Rijcke, S. (2008). Drawing into abstraction. Practices of observation and visualization in the work of Santiago Ramón y Cajal. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 33(4), 287-311.
  • De Rijcke, S. (2008). Light tries the expert eye: The introduction of photography in nineteenth-century macroscopic neuroanatomy. , 17(3), 349-366. doi:10.1080/09647040701593788 (paper)
  • Draaisma, D., & De Rijcke, S. (2001). The graphic strategy: the uses and functions of illustrations in Wundt's Grundzuge. History of the Human Sciences, 14(1), 1-24. doi:10.1177/095269510101400101 (paper)

Conference publications (4)

  • De Rijcke, S., Holtrop, T.J., Kaltenbrunner, W., Zuijderwijk, J., Beaulieu, A., Franssen, T., Van Leeuwen, T.N., Mongeon, P., Tatum, C.C., Valkenburg, G., & Wouters, P. (2018). Evaluative Inquiry: Engaging research evaluation analytically and strategically. Vienna: EU Council Conference on Impact of Social Sciences and Humanities for a European Research Agenda – Valuation of SSH in mission-oriented research. In . doi:10.22163/fteval.2019.386 (paper)
  • Derrick, G., Molas-Gallart, J., De Rijcke, S., Meijer, I., Van der Weijden, I.C.M., & Wouters, P. (2016). On multiplying methods in the field of research evaluation. 21st International Conference in Science & Technology Indicators, Valencia. In Rafols, I., J. Molas-Gallart, E. Castro-Martínez, & R. Woolley (Eds.), Congress UPV. Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators (pp. 516-517). (paper)
  • Rushforth, A.D., & De Rijcke, S. (2014). The impact of indicators: Comparing the dynamics of bibliometric indicators in Dutch biomedical research. In European Group for Organisation Studies (EGOS) Conference.
  • Rushforth, A.D., & De Rijcke, S. (2014). The impact of indicators: The rise of performance indicators and commensuration in Dutch biomedical research . In EU-SPRI Early Career Research Day.

Book chapters (5)

  • Franssen, T., & De Rijcke, S. (2019). The rise of project funding and its effects on the social structure of academia. In F. Cannizzo, & N. Osbaldiston (Eds.), The Social Structures of Global Academia (pp. 144-161). Routledge. (paper)
  • De Rijcke, S., Wallenburg, I., Wouters, P., & Bal, R. (2015). Comparing comparisons. On rankings and accounting in hospitals and universities. In M. Guggenheim, J. Deville, & Z. Hrdlickova (Eds.), Practising Comparison: Logics, Relations, Collaborations. Mattering Press.
  • De Rijcke, S., & Beaulieu, A. (2014). Networked Neuroscience. Brain scans and visual knowing at the intersection of atlases and databases. In C. Coopmans, M. Lynch, J. Vertesi, & S. Woolgar (Eds.), New Representation in Scientific Practice. MIT Press.
  • De Rijcke, S. (2013). Staging the studio. Enacting artful realities through digital photography. In R. Esner, S. Kisters, & A.S. Lehmann (Eds.), Hiding Making - Showing Creation: The Studio from Turner to Tacita Dean (pp. 226-245). Amsterdam University Press. (paper)
  • Beaulieu, A., De Rijcke, S., & Van Heur, B. (2012). Authority and Expertise in New Sites of Knowledge Production. In P. Wouters, A. Beaulieu, A. Scharnhorst, & S. Wyatt (Eds.), Virtual Knowledge: Experimenting in the Humanities and the Social Sciences (pp. 25-56). MIT Press.

Professor of Science and Evaluation Studies and Director of CWTS

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E: s.de.rijcke@cwts.leidenuniv.nl

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ORCID: 0000-0003-4652-0362

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