Ton van Raan, Prof.dr.

Ton (A.F.J.) van Raan is emeritus professor of Quantitative Studies of Science. Founder and until 2010 Director of the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), Leiden University, Netherlands. After his retirement as CWTS Director, he remained research professor. He studied mathematics, physics and astronomy at Utrecht University. PhD in Physics, Utrecht. Post-doctoral fellow at the University of Bielefeld (Germany), visiting scientist in the US, UK, and France. Work in atomic and molecular physics, laser-physics and astrophysics. From 1977 senior research fellow physics in Leiden, in 1985 'field switch' to science and technology studies, 1991 Professor. Research focus: application of bibliometric indicators in research evaluation; science as self-organizing complex system, statistics of bibliometric indicators, ranking and benchmarking of universities, mapping of science. In 1995 he received, together with the American sociologist Robert K. Merton, the Derek de Solla Price Award, the highest international award in the field of quantitative studies of science. He published (as author and co-author) around thirty articles in physics and two hundred in science and technology studies. Prof. van Raan set up a small company Science Consult for advice on research evaluation and science policy issues. On the occasion of his retirement as CWTS director he was awarded by the Queen of the Netherlands with the royal distinction of Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion.

 

Publications

Journal publications (78)

Conference publications (7)

  • Winnink, J.J., Tijssen, R.J.W., & Van Raan, A.F.J. (2016). Breakout discoveries in science: What do they have in common? In Proceedings of the 21th International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators (pp. 1069-1076).
  • 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).
  • Costas, R., Van Leeuwen, T.N., & Van Raan, A.F.J. (2009). Development of a general methodology for the analysis of the "Durability" of scientific documents. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (pp. 918-919).
  • Buter, R.K., Noyons, E.C.M., & Van Raan, A.F.J. (2004). A combination of quantitative and qualitative maps in an evaluative bibliometric context. In E. Banissi, & et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Information Visualization (pp. 978-982).
  • Rinia, E.J., Van Leeuwen, T.N., Kouw, L.R., & Van Raan, A.F.J. (2003). Can bibliometrics contribute to the study of interdisciplinary influence: A case study of physics. In Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (pp. 341-349).
  • Rinia, E.J., Van Leeuwen, T.N., Bruins, E.E.W., Van Vuren, H.G., & Van Raan, A.F.J. (2001). Measuring knowledge transfer between fields of science. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (pp. 597-605).
  • Rinia, E.J., Van Leeuwen, T.N., Van Vuren, H.G., & Van Raan, A.F.J. (2001). Impact measures of interdisciplinary research programs in physics. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (pp. 10-11).

Books (2)

Book chapters (22)

  • Van Raan, A.F.J. (2014). Advances in bibliometric analysis: Research performance assessment and science mapping. In W. Blockmans, L. Engwall, & D. Weaire (Eds.), Bibliometrics: Use and Abuse in the Review of Research Performance (pp. 17-28). Portland Press Ltd.
  • Van Raan, A.F.J. (2013). Bibliometrische methoden bij evaluatie en observatie van wetenschappelijke ontwikkelingen. In G.M. van Trier, P.M. Evers, E. Sieverts, & M. Koren (Eds.), Handboek Informatiewetenschap voor Bibliotheek en Archief (pp. 1-45). Vakmedianet.
  • Van Raan, A.F.J. (2013). Citations, h-index, journal impact and rankings: Not all sorrow and misery. A short history of measuring science. In J. van Holsteyn, R. Mom, I. Smit, H. Tromp, & G. Wolters (Eds.), Perspectives on the Past: 50 Years of FSW (pp. 86-103). Biblioscope.
  • Van Raan, A.F.J. (2010). The social sciences and the ranking of universities. Paris: UNESCO. In F. Caillods (Ed.), World Social Science Report Knowledge Divides (pp. 237-238).
  • Van Raan, A.F.J., Van Leeuwen, T.N., & Calero-Medina, C.M. (2009). Performance of European Science: Research Networks and Profiles of EU Countries in a Global Perspective. In H. Delanghe, U. Muldur, & L. Soete (Eds.), European Science and Technology Policy:Towards Integration or Fragmentation? (pp. 256-290). Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Van Raan, A.F.J. (2006). Challenges in the Ranking of Universities. In J. Sadlak, & Nian Cai Liu (Eds.), The World-Class University and Ranking: Aiming Beyond Status (pp. 81-123). UNESCO-CEPES.
  • Van Raan, A.F.J. (2004). Measuring science. Capita Selecta of current main issues. In H.F. Moed, W. Glanzel, & U. Schmoch (Eds.), Handbook of Quantitative Science and Technology Research: The Use of Publication and Patent Statistics in Studies of S&T Systems (pp. 19-50). Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  • Noyons, E.C.M., & Van Raan, A.F.J. (2002). Science mapping from publications. An example in mathematics and computer science. : STT/Beweton. In J. Meij (Ed.), Dealing with the data flood (pp. 64-72).
  • Van Raan, A.F.J. (2002). Topkwaliteit in de breedte is een kweekplaats voor ontdekkingen. In W. van Amerongen, A. in 't Groen, & W. Otterspeer (Eds.), De universiteit en de spanning van de werkelijkheid (pp. 89-94). Leiden University.
  • Van Raan, A.F.J., & Noyons, E.C.M. (2002). Discovery of patterns of scientific and technological development and knowledge transfer. In W. Adamczak, & A. Nase (Eds.), Gaining insight from research information (pp. 105-112). Kassel University Press.
  • Van Raan, A.F.J. (2001). The Journal as Pièce de Résistance in an Electronic Environment. In P. Wouters, & P. Schröder (Eds.), The Global Research Village III Amsterdam 2000 - Access to Publicly Financed Research (pp. 245-253). NIWI.
  • Van Raan, A.F.J., Van Leeuwen, T.N., & Visser, M.S. (2001). Bibliometrics ? Monitoring emerging fields A bibliometric methodology for exploring interdisciplinary, 'unorthodox' fields of science. A case study of environmental medicine. In S. Maasen, & M. Winterhager (Eds.), Science Studies. Probing the Dynamics of Scientific Knowledge (pp. 87-122).
  • Van Raan, A.F.J., Visser, M.S., & Van Leeuwen, T.N. (2001). A bibliometric mehodology for exloring interdisciplinairy, 'unorthodox' field of science. A case study of environmental medicine. In S. Maasen, & M. Winterhager (Eds.), Science Studies. Probing the Dynamics of Scientific Knowledge (pp. 87-122). Transcript.
  • Van Raan, A.F.J. (2000). The Pandora's box of citation analysis: measuring scientific excellende, the last evil? In B. Cronin, & H. Barsky Atkins (Eds.), A Festschrift in Honor of Eugene Garfield (pp. 301-319). ASIS Monograph Series, Information Today Inc.
  • Van Raan, A.F.J. (1999). Advanced bibliometric methods in the analysis of research performance and scientific developments: a contribution to science policy in transition countries. In D.A. Dyker, & S. Radovic (Eds.), Innovation and structural change in post-socialist countries: a quantitative approach (pp. 89-105). Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  • Van Raan, A.F.J. (1999). Bibliometrische methoden bij evaluatie en observatie van wetenschappelijke ontwikkelingen. In G.M. Van Trier, & D.W.K. Jansen (Eds.), Handboek Informatiewetenschap (pp. 1-36). Samson.
  • Van Raan, A.F.J. (1999). Evaluation of performance and trends in basic and applied research by advanced bibliometric methods. A science policy instrument for nations with an economy in transition. In V. Paces, & L. Pivec (Eds.), Science evaluation and its management (pp. 227-245). IOS Press.
  • Van Raan, A.F.J. (1999). The interdisciplinary nature of science: Theoretical framework and bibliometric-empirical approach. In P. Weingart, & N. Stehr (Eds.), Practicing Interdisciplinarity (pp. 66-78). University of Toronto Press.
  • Van Raan, A.F.J. (1998). De belangrijke, ook historische rol van Nederland in de vooruitgang van de exacte wetenschappen. In Studia Europaea VI (pp. 39-55). Koninklijke Academie voor Wetenschappen, Letteren en Schone Kunsten van België.
  • Van Raan, A.F.J. (1998). L'évaluation des laboratoires. In M.C. Bene, & G. Faure (Eds.), Vie, Valeur et Valorisation de l'Information Scientifique (pp. 237-242). Bioterm.
  • Van Raan, A.F.J. (1998). Wetenschappelijk onderzoek de maat genomen. In K. Willemen, G. Heijnen, & G. Termeer (Eds.), Het heilig vuur (pp. 497-513). Wolters-Noordhoff.
  • Van Raan, A.F.J., & Tijssen, R.J.W. (1990). Numerical methods for information on aspects of science. In C. Oppenheim, J. Griffiths, & C. Citroen (Eds.), Perspectives in Information Management (pp. 203-228). Bowker-Saur/Butterworth-Heinemann.

Emeritus professor of Quantitative Studies of Science

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E: vanraan@cwts.leidenuniv.nl


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