SIRR aims to clarify in the Aurora network the university’s role in society and its position regarding global challenges.
This includes demonstration of societal value and relevance of research and education. The first goal for the near future is to agree on a policy regarding impact in research within Aurora, working on separate policy documents on research impact and open access and/or open science. Relevant activities of the Bibliometrics group are included here.
Specific activities and results:
SIRR wants to focus as first priority on exchange of ideas and development of shared vision on the preferred characteristics of mechanisms for assessment of societal impact and relevance of research – noting that Aurora members are bound by national and other context in the achievement of their ideas. Gaming is seen as a key risk in research assessment mechanisms. In Reykjavik, the group identified common principles and preferred design elements as well as relevant existing practices and systems (i.a. SEP and REF4) on which to build. The University of Antwerp has produced a draft plan to be further developed. A thorough discussion/work session is planned for the November Aurora meeting in Norwich, with a preparatory meeting of a core group from Gothenburg, Antwerp and Amsterdam before that (September 20th).
Based on the Amsterdam Call for Action, VU has developed a “Cookbook” approach allowing strategic focus on ‘menus – recipes – ingredients’ in the broad array of aspects and dimensions of the Amsterdam Call for Action. A work session with specialists in open access/fair data from Aurora members is foreseen for Fall 2017 (before Norwich).
Efforts are being made to analyse data from Scopus, PURE and Web of Science and deduce strategically relevant information for Aurora cooperation.
A first draft plan has been made to address the problem of research output not correctly attributed to the relevant university.
The Bibliometrics group may be seen as working within the overall domain of Societal Impact and Relevance of Research.
The main goals of the Aurora bibliometrics workgroup are to:
- Provide Aurora leadership insight in the strengths and weaknesses of (potential) research collaboration between its members and/or with industrial partners, a.o. through in-depth bibliometric analyses
- Exchange information, experience and best practices on working with existing Clarivate & Elsevier databases and tools and how these can feed university and Aurora policy making
- Contribute to the development of a comprehensive Aurora benchmarking tool containing a clear set of KPIs corresponding to universities’ and Aurora’s visions and policy goals to complement (or supplant) global university rankings as primary benchmarking compass
- Collaborate closely with the Aurora working group on ‘Societal impact and relevance of research’ (SIRR) on describing and measuring societal impact (including altmetrics)
- Collaborate closely with the Aurora working group on ‘Societal impact and relevance of research’ (SIRR) on the challenges of Open Science, including but not limited to research data management (a.o. open data)
To achieve these goals, the following initiatives have been put on track:
- Further university-level analyses of the Elsevier bibliometric report presented at the Aurora launch event, specifically focussed on identifying institutional strong and weak points, collaboration nodes within Aurora, and (possible) collaboration(s) with industry (overlapping companies), which are relevant for individual universities as well as necessary building blocks for a more comprehensive Aurora-wide report
- Exchange of information and best practices on ensuring correct attribution of researchers in bibliometric databases, such as Scopus and Web of Science, to improve the coverage of the partner universities’ publication output, not only in the context of university rankings
- Further analysis of the survey held among Aurora members on ‘open science and FAIR data policies and practices’, to be further discussed and developed
- A first draft outlining the ‘Aurora research benchmarking initiative’, to be further discussed and developed
- Incomplete draft addressing the correct attribution of publications in online databases, to be further developed and discussed