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Prof.dr. Paul Wouters

Paul Wouters is professor of scientometrics and Dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He has a Masters in biochemistry (Free University of Amsterdam, 1977) and a PhD in science and technology studies (University of Amsterdam, 1999). In between these degrees he has worked as science journalist and as editor-in-chief of a daily newspaper ("De Waarheid"). He has published on the history of the Science Citation Index, on and in scientometrics, and on the way the criteria of scientific quality and relevance have been changed by the use of performance indicators. His PhD thesis "The Citation Culture" (1999) is available here. He has also studied the role of information and information technologies in the creation of new scientific and scholarly knowledge. In this area, he was appointed as leader of two research programs by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences: Networked Research and Digital Information (Nerdi) (2000 - 2005) and The Virtual Knowledge Studio for the Humanities and Social Sciences (VKS) (2005 - 2010). The experiences and insights gained in the VKS were condensed in Virtual Knowledge. Experimenting in the Humanities and Social Sciences, a collection edited in collaboration with Anne Beaulieu, Andrea Scharnhorst and Sally Wyatt (MIT Press 2013). He was Principal Investigator of several European research consortia, among others ACUMEN on research careers and evaluation of individual researchers. Paul was coordinator of the Dutch STS Graduate School Science, Technology, and Modern Culture (WTMC) together with Annemiek Nelis (2001-2005). From 2014 until 2019 he was chair of the WTMC board. In 1999, he helped create Onderzoek Nederland, a leading professional journal on Dutch science policy (part of Research Professional) and has since published in the journal. He is a member of the editorial board of Social Studies of Science, Journal of the Association of Information Science and Technology, and Cybermetrics, was member of the Council of the Society for the Social Studies of Science from 2006 to 2008, and sits on various advisory boards of international programs and projects. He is member of the program board of the ZonMW program to promote responsible research behaviour. He is also member of the international advisory board of the Network for Advancing and Evaluating the Societal Impact of Science (AESIS Network).

ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0002-4324-5732

Publications

Journal publications (40)

Conference publications (19)

  • De Rijcke, S., Holtrop, H., 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.
  • 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 Rŕfols 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).
  • Van Leeuwen, T.N., Tatum, C.C., & Wouters, P. (2015). Open Access publishing and citation impact - An international study. In Proceedings of the 15th International Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (pp. 1130-1141).
  • Waaijer, C.J.F., Van der Weijden, I.C.M., & Wouters, P. (2015). Publication and grant pressure: How they are perceived by early career researchers and influence on career choices. In Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators.
  • Zahedi, Z., Costas, R., & Wouters, P. (2015). Do mendeley readership counts help to filter highly cited WoS publications better than average citation impact of journals (JCS)? In Proceedings of the 15th International Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (pp. 16-25).
  • Costas, R., Zahedi, Z., & Wouters, P. (2014). Disentangling the meaning of ?altmetrics?: Content analysis of Web of Science scientific publications. In altmetrics14: expanding impacts and metrics - An ACM Web Science Conference 2014 Altmetrics Workshop.
  • Zahedi, Z., Costas, R., & Wouters, P. (2014). Assessing the impact of the publications read by the different Mendeley users: Is there any different pattern among users? In Proceedings of the IATUL Conferences.
  • Zahedi, Z., Costas, R., & Wouters, P. (2014). Broad altmetric analysis of Mendeley readerships through the academic status of the readers of scientific publication. In Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators (pp. 720-727).
  • Costas, R., Calero-Medina, C.M., Waltman, L., & Wouters, P. (2013). The relationship between the performance of editorial board members and the impact of scientific journals: an exploratory analysis. In Proceedings of 18th International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators (pp. 87-95).
  • Van Leeuwen, T.N., & Wouters, P. (2013). Analysis of journal impact factor research in time: Development of a specialty? In Proceedings of the 14th International Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (pp. 66-77).
  • Van Leeuwen, T.N., Van Wijk, E., & Wouters, P. (2013). Recent developments in Dutch research assessment. Scholarly activity in AAH and Law in a new perspective. In Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators (pp. 396-398).
  • Waltman, L., Wouters, P., & Van Eck, N.J. (2013). Counting publications and citations: Is more always better? 14th International Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics, Vienna. In Proceedings of the 14th International Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (pp. 455-467).
  • Zahedi, Z., Costas, R., & Wouters, P. (2013). How well developed are altmetrics? Cross-disciplinary analysis of the presence of 'alternative metrics' in scientific publications (RIP) 14TH INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF SCIENTOMETRICS AND INFORMETRICS CONFERENCE (ISSI). In (pp. 876-884).
  • Zahedi, Z., Costas, R., & Wouters, P. (2013). How well developed are Altmetrics? Cross-disciplinary analysis of the presence of 'alternative metrics' in scientific publications. In J. Gorraiz, E. Schiebel, C. Gumpenberger, M. Hörlesberger, & H.F. Moed (Eds.), Proceedings of the 14th International Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics.
  • Zahedi, Z., Costas, R., & Wouters, P. (2013). What is the impact of the publications read by the different Mendeley users? Could they help to identify alternative types of impact? PLoS ALM Workshop, San Francisco. San Francisco, US.: PLoS ALM Workshop.
  • Waltman, L., Calero-Medina, C.M., Kosten, M.J.F., Noyons, E.C.M., Tijssen, R.J.W., Van Eck, N.J., Van Leeuwen, T.N., Van Raan, A.F.J., Visser, M.S., & Wouters, P. (2012). The Leiden Ranking 2011/2012: Data collection, indicators, and interpretation. In Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators (pp. 791-802).
  • Wouters, P., & Costas, R. (2012). Users, Narcissism and control ? tracking the impact of scholarly publications in the 21st Century. In Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators (pp. 847-857).
  • Wouters, P. (2005). Writing history in the virtual knowledge studio for the humanities and social sciences. In Proceedings of the XVIth International Conference of the Association for History and Computing (pp. 288-295).
  • Wouters, P. (1999). The creation of the Science Citation Index. In Proceedings of the 1998 Conference on the History and Heritage of Science Information Systems (pp. 127-136).

Book chapters (7)

  • Wouters, P., Zahedi, Z., & Costas, R. (2019). Social media metrics for new research evaluation. In W. Glanzel, H.F. Moed, U. Schmoch, & M. Thelwall (Eds.), Springer Handbook of Science and Technology Indicators. Springer.
  • 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, J, & Z. Hrdlickova (Eds.), Practising Comparison: Logics, Relations, Collaborations. Mattering Press.
  • Kok, J., & Wouters, P. (2012). Virtual Knowledge in Family History: Visionary Technologies, Research Dreams and Research Agendas. In P. Wouters, A. Beaulieu, A. Scharnhorst, & S. Wyatt (Eds.), Virtual Knowledge: Experimenting in the Humanities and the Social Sciences (pp. 219-250). MIT Press.
  • Levallois, C., Steinmetz, S., & Wouters, P. (2012). Sloppy Data Floods or Precise Social Science Methodologies? Dilemmas in the Transition to Data-intensive research in Sociology and Economics. In P. Wouters, A. Beaulieu, A. Scharnhorst, & S. Wyatt (Eds.), Virtual Knowledge: Experimenting in the Humanities and the Social Sciences (pp. 151-182). MIT Press.
  • Wyatt, S., Scharnhorst, A., Beaulieu, A., & Wouters, P. (2012). Introduction to Virtual Knowledge. In P. Wouters, A. Beaulieu, A. Scharnhorst, & S. Wyatt (Eds.), Virtual Knowledge: Experimenting in the Humanities and the Social Sciences (pp. 1-23). MIT Press.
  • Wouters, P. (2011). Is minder beter? - de paradox van wetenschapsvoorlichting. In R.P. Hagendijk, & H. Dijstelbloem (Eds.), Onzekerheid Troef (pp. 239-260). Van Gennep.
  • Wouters, P. (2000). Garfield as alchemist. In B. Cronin, & H. Barsky Atkins (Eds.), The Web of Knowledge: A Festschrift in Honor of Eugene Garfield (pp. 65-71). American Society for Information Science.

Professor of Scientometrics and Dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

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