Understanding Academic Careers

by Sarah de Rijcke October 10, 2011

On November 16, 2011, the Rathenau Institute and the VU University Amsterdam organize a symposium on Dynamics of Academic Leadership. The symposium addresses the conditions that are necessary for high level performance and creativity in research, and the implications for research management and policy. Paul is one of the invited speakers. He will discuss some […]

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Understanding Academic Careers

by Sarah de Rijcke October 10, 2011

On November 16, 2011, the Rathenau Institute and the VU University Amsterdam organize a symposium on Dynamics of Academic Leadership. The symposium addresses the conditions that are necessary for high level
performance and creativity in research, and…

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Science mapping: do we know what we visualize?

by Sarah de Rijcke October 3, 2011

For example, what often gets glossed over in these endeavors is that visualizations of scientific developments also prescribe how these developments should be known in the first place. Science maps are produced by particular statistical algorithms that might have been chosen otherwise, calculations performed on large amounts of ‘raw’ data stored in databases, and for […]

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Science mapping: do we know what we visualize?

by Sarah de Rijcke October 3, 2011

A recent landmark in the field of science
mapping is Katy Börner’s Atlas of
Science: Visualizing What We Know (MIT Press, 2010). The atlas recently won
the ASIS&T Best Information Science Book Award 2011. The kinds of maps covered…

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Still using the Hirsch index? Don’t!

by P.F. Wouters September 26, 2011

“My research: > 185 papers, h-index 40.” A random quote from a curriculum vitae in the World Wide Web. Sometimes, researchers love their Hirsch index, better known as the h-index. But what does the measure actually mean? Is it a reliable indicator of scientific impact?   Our colleagues Ludo Waltman and Nees Jan van Eck […]

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Still using the Hirsch index? Don’t!

by P.F. Wouters September 26, 2011

“My research: > 185 papers, h-index 40.” A
random quote from a curriculum vitae in the World Wide Web. Sometimes,
researchers love their Hirsch index, better known as the h-index. But what does
the measure actually mean? I…

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Not much news in new Shanghai rankings

by P.F. Wouters September 14, 2011
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Not much news in new Shanghai rankings

by P.F. Wouters September 14, 2011

Two weeks before the start of the 2011 academic season, the latest issue of
the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) was published. The response
to this ranking in the Netherlands is telling about the importance ascribed to
glob…

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Discovering Digital Medievalists

by Nicholas Jankowski June 18, 2011

A short response on the Humanist Discussion Group about journal editing software was enough to send me on a discovery trip this morning to a journal about which I was previously unaware: Digital Medievalist. Many aspects of this online-only open access title are interesting, two of which have already been noted: online and open access. [...]

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Ethics and Ethnography

by Anne Beaulieu June 15, 2011

An outcome of a fine collaboration, fed by lots of discussions with Annamaria Carusi and with members of the Virtual Ethnography Collaboratory–thanks everyone! Beaulieu, Anne and Adolfo Estalella. In Press, 2012. Rethinking Research Ethics for Mediated Settings. Information, Communication and … Continue reading

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