Zohreh Zahedi, MSc
Zohreh Zahedi is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) of Leiden University in the Netherlands. Her PhD research focuses on using Altmetrics as an alternative and new data source for measuring research performance.
Zohreh has received both her B.A. (2004) and M.A. (2006) degrees in Knowledge & Information Science with distinction from Shiraz University of Iran. She used to be a University Lecturer (at the Department of Knowledge & Information Science, Persian Gulf University of Bushehr) and a researcher (at the Regional Information Center for Science & Technology of Shiraz) in Iran from the years 2006 to 2012. In 2012, she was awarded the prestigious Ph.D. Scholarship award aimed at gifted students from Ministry of Science, Research & Technology of Iran for pursuing her PhD Abroad.
For her PhD, Zohreh is investigating the different altmetrics data sources and tools to study the possibilities of measuring online evidence of scholarly outputs, to assess their reliability and validity as well as the feasibility of their applications in research assessments purposes; to investigate whether alternative metrics can be useful for research assessment and complement the traditional metrics.
Zohreh has received several grants, honors and awards during her PhD at CWTS among them are Leiden University Fund (LUF) proposal award for doing a collaborative altmetrics project (and a research visit) with the University of Montreal (Canada); Thomson Reuters 1:AM altmetrics project funding award, an ‘Honorable mention’ from Iran Ambassador, Iran embassy in the Netherlands in 2015, and the most important one is that she has awarded an ‘Honorable mention’ of the Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Scholarship Award by the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI) committee in 2015 for her PhD dissertation entitled "possibilities and feasibility of using 'altmetric' measurements (social media metrics) in research evaluation".
Beyond the immediate subject of her PhD, Zohreh is also involved in some other projects such as ‘Eurostars Social Impact Analytics Graph’ (monocle.com/ego) and ‘Social media profiles of African research’ (DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics & Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, Stellenbosch University, South Africa) as well as the ‘Quantitative Science Studies’ research group and particularly contributes to the Altmetrics research line in CWTS. Besides, she was the board member of the LEO Leiden University Ph.D. association (Leids Promovendi Overleg) during 2014-2016 and the SIG MET officer of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) from 2016 to 2017.
Zohreh has published a number of papers on the topic of altmetrics and other topics in the international peer reviewed journals and conferences of the field. She has also served as reviewer of high level journals in the field among others such as Journals of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), Informetrics, Scientometrics, Research evaluation, Aslib Proceedings, and Frontier Scholarly Metrics and Analytics and served as scientific committee and reviewer of the Science & Technology Indicators (STI) conference and International Conference for Scientometrics & Informetrics (ISSI). She has also been involved in teaching ‘altmetrics’ as part of the ‘measuring science and research performance’ course offered by CWTS, Leiden University. For more info please visit:
Journal publications (4)
- Costas, R., Zahedi, Z., & Wouters, P. (2015). Do altmetrics correlate with citations? Extensive comparison of altmetric indicators with citations from a multidisciplinary perspective. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 66(10), 2003-2019.
- Costas, R., Zahedi, Z., & Wouters, P. (2015). The thematic orientation of publications mentioned on social media: Large-scale disciplinary comparison of social media metrics with citations. Aslib Journal of Information Management, 67(3), 260-288. doi:10.1108/AJIM-12-2014-0173.
- Robinson-Garcia, N., Torres-Salinas, D., Zahedi, Z., & Costas, R. (2014). Nuevos datos, nuevas posibilidades: Revelando el interior de Altmetric.com (New data, new possibilities: Exploring the insides of Altmetric.com). El Profesional de la Information, 23(4), 359-366. doi:10.3145/epi.2014.jul.03.
- Zahedi, Z., Costas, R., & Wouters, P. (2014). How well developed are altmetrics? A cross-disciplinary analysis of the presence of 'alternative metrics' in scientific publications. Scientometrics, 101(2), 1491-1513. doi:10.1007/s11192-014-1264-0.
Conference publications (14)
- Zahedi, Z., Costas, R., Larivière, V., & Haustein, S. (2016). What makes papers visible on social media? An analysis of various document characteristics. In Proceedings of the 21th International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators (pp. 1196-1199).
- 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.
- Meijer, I., Zahedi, Z., Belder, R., & Van der Weijden, I.C.M. (2014). Researchers with a personal grant: Perceptions on societal relevance and outputs. In Research Funding & Dynamics of Science Workshop.
- Van der Weijden, I.C.M., Zahedi, Z., Must, Ü., & Meijer, I. (2014). Gender differences in societal orientation and output of individual scientists. In Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators (pp. 680-686).
- Zahedi, Z. (2014). Analyzing readerships of international Iranian publications in Mendeley: An altmetrics study. Isfahan, Iran: Isfahan university.
- Zahedi, Z., & Van Eck, N.J. (2014). Visualizing readership activity of Mendeley users using VOSviewer. In altmetrics14: expanding impacts and metrics - An ACM Web Science Conference 2014 Altmetrics Workshop. doi:10.6084/m9.figshare.1041819.
- Zahedi, Z., Bowman, T., & Haustein, S. (2014). Exploring data quality and retrieval strategies for Mendeley reader counts. In Metrics14 - ASIS&T Workshop on Informetric and Scientometric Research.
- 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).
- Zahedi, Z., Fenner, M., & Costas, R. (2014). How consistent are altmetrics providers? Study of 1000 PLOS ONE publications using the PLOS ALM, Mendeley and Altmetric.com APIs. In altmetrics14: expanding impacts and metrics - An ACM Web Science Conference 2014 Altmetrics Workshop. doi:10.6084/m9.figshare.1041821.
- 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.