On August 16th, bibliometrics experts from VU Amsterdam met with Kees Kouwenaar (head Aurora office) to discuss how to further their contribution to the work of the Aurora Bibliometrics group.
Direct purpose of the meeting was to get ideas on how to make the bibliometric analysis undertaken by René (for VU) and Ania Lopez (for Duisburg-Essen) more relevant at the level of university leadership.
We discussed that this could be achieved by providing shortlists of most eminent research/researchers by subsequent categories:
- Pure academic excellence
- Societal relevance of the research topic in terms of direct bearing on a) the Societal Challenges as used in the Horizon 2020 programme and/or b) the Sustainable Development Goals developed in the context of the United Nations
- Societal Impact of the actual outputs; altmetrics and the relevant indicators in Standard Evaluation Protocol for research assessment in the Netherlands.
René will propose to Ania Lopez to refine/further develop the bibliometric analysis format along these lines. The next step will be to propose this format to all members of the Aurora Bibliometrics group. VU Amsterdam and Duisburg-Essen could then be the first to actually produce the bibliometric analysis along these lines and invite others to follow suit.
- NB the improved format and the samples for VU Amsterdam and Duisburg-Essen may well serve as input for the meeting of Jaap Winter and Staffan Edén with EC DG Robert-Jan Smits on October 17th in Brussels.
In the meeting, the “distinctive and emerging competencies” developed by Elsevier as part of SciVal (see the User Guide for SciVal Spotlight) was also discussed. René will check with the members of the Aurora Bibliometrics group if there is already some experience with these “distinctive and emerging competencies”and if there is an interest to explore this as a complementary way to produce or improve the shortlists of most eminent research/researchers in Aurora.
Research benchmarking analysis
Maurice Vanderfeesten presented the main drift and key elements of a short note exploring how bibliometric analysis can help address strategic issues of research benchmarking – also with a specific focus on the societal impact and relevance of research.
This seems well in line with the work prepared by Jord Hanus for the Aurora SIRR group. He will make sure he has a shareable version ready in time for the preparatory SIRR meeting in Amsterdam (September 20). The purpose of that meeting (with Gothenburg, Antwerp, and VU Amsterdam) is to prepare an intensive working session of the whole Aurora SIRR group in Norwich (November 9th) for the SIRR Research Benchmarking project.
- NB A concrete plan for the workshop – with a vision on the tangible outputs, outcomes, and impacts of the SIRR Research Benchmarking project may well serve as input for the meeting of Jaap Winter and Staffan Edén with EC DG Robert-Jan Smits on October 17th in Brussels.