Nordic Workshop on Bibliometrics and Research Policy
September 21-23, 2022 in Turku, Finland



Venue: University of Turku Main building, Tauno Nurmela hall, except for Session 3 which will be held in University of Turku Main building, Säästöpankki hall.

September 21 – Pre-workshop

11.00-12.00 Registration

12.00-12.10 Welcome 

12.10-13.10 Ben McLeish (Digital Science): International Collaboration and Protecting Research from Foreign Interference
Chair: Kim Holmberg

In January 2022 the European Commission released a Staff Working Paper on methods for protection Research & Innovation from Foreign Interference. Almost exactly a decade earlier, the European Commission also penned a similar document stating the value of international collaboration and cooperation in order for the EU to maintain its position in the R&I global order, and to meet sustainability and technological advancement goals. Other funders like the Wellcome Trust and UKRI have also featured mandates around compliance with international sanctions and responsible use of research within industry for many years. Both the fostering and development of international cooperation in research and the strategic protection of research and researchers have become increasingly important in parallel. In this session, Ben McLeish will explore, using real data, how institutions can both foster collaborations and analyse existing partnerships across funding, publications or patents, allowing the field of bibliometrics to inform important policy decisions around research activity.

13.10-13.15 Short break

13.15-14.15 Michael Poersch (Elsevier): Research in the Nordics – Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals and Impact on national and international Policy Papers
Chair: Kristina Eriksson-Backa

Nearly all research publications from Nordic universities and research institutions can be mapped to one or more specific SDG. Sophisticated search strings identify a reasonable allocation based on the content of title, abstract and keywords. A benchmarking on various metrics underlines a leading role in Europe. But what is the impact beyond academia on policy papers? Do research findings go over and above the academic world and expand into papers of governmental and intergovernmental institutions or think tanks? Based on real world data the presentation will identify some hot topics of Nordic research finding their way into the sphere of politics.

14.15-14.30 Coffee/Tea break

14.30-15.30 Marko Zovko (Clarivate): Supporting the Open Access initiatives of Nordic countries
Chair: Khadijah Kainat

Open science is a system change, its accessible and collaborative approach is expected to accelerate research and discovery. As a producer of publisher-neutral resources, Web of Science pioneers new ways to support open science initiatives across the community by providing data and services. 20 years after the Budapest Open Access Initiative nearly 60% of publications Nordic countries published in the last 5 years are open access. We will deep dive into the world of open access publications and understand your current position in the open access landscape; identify areas where libraries can foster open access publishing; assess current publication strategy in the light of open science; optimize collection development by understanding citation patterns of your researchers and measure your progress towards open research goals to fulfill mandates.

15.30-15.35 Short break

15.35-16.35 Keynote 1: Rodrigo Costas: Novel scientometric perspectives for understanding science and society
Chair: Kim Holmberg

18-19.30 Wine reception, hosted by the City of Turku. Venue: Turku City Hall

September 22

8.00-9.00 Registration

9.00-9.05 Opening of the workshop: Kim Holmberg

9.05-9.15 Welcome to the University of Turku: Kalle-Antti Suominen, Vice-rector for research

9.15-10.15 Keynote 2: Frank Miedema: Transition to Open Science: why and how
Chair: Kim Holmberg

10.15-10.30 Coffee/Tea break

10.30-12.00 Session 1: Open Access Publishing and Assessment Practices.
Chair: Susanna Nykyri

Maria Pietilä, Jouni Kekäle and Katri Rintamäki: High hopes and unmet expectations: adding open science elements in individual-level research assessment

Henrik Karlstrøm and Dag W. Aksnes: The benefit of open access (OA) for researchers in lower-income countries: Tracing evidence through analyses of reference patterns

Joonas Kesäniemi, Elina Pylvänäinen and Janne Pölönen: Open Access Information on Journals at the Nordic Level

Susanna Nykyri and Laura Himanen: Experiences and implications of the first round of monitoring of open science: Case Tampere University

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-14.30 Parallel sessions 2 and 3

Session 2: Analysis of Scientific Literature.
Location: Tauno Nurmela hall
Chair: Marco Schirone

Hao Zhou: Full-text citation analysis of ancient Chinese classics

Hongyu Zhou: How is disciplinary knowledge base inherited over time: quantifying the adjacent and distant reuse of references within disciplines

Philipp Baaden and Daniel Richter: Unfolding the circular economy research landscape – an unsupervised text analysis approach

Marco Schirone: The Social Space of Sustainability Science: A Bibliometric Study of Leading Journals (1990-2021)

Session 3: Authorship Patterns: Gender, Language, Collaboration and Mobility.
Location: Säästöpankki hall
Chair: Tahereh Dehdarirad

Hans Pohl, Silvia Dobre and Rachel Herbert: Capturing researcher mobility with publication data

Ross W. K. Potter: Still the best of friends? A decline in intra-Nordic collaboration

Tahereh Dehdarirad and Maryam Yaghtin: Gender differences in the use of positive and negative terms by authorship teams: a study of citation contexts

14.30-14.45 Coffee/Tea break

14.45-16.15 Poster minute madness and poster session.
Chair: Birger Larsen

1. Cancelled
2. Witold Sygocki and Aneta Drabek: Does citing Wikipedia make sense – some examples on OSH
3. Kasper Bruun and Marianne Gauffriau: Selected responsible research assessment guidelines – an overview
4. Melanie Martini: The use of patent analysis in foresight, a data driven review
5. Hans Pohl: Assessing the citation impact of international research collaboration
6. Riku Hakulinen: Trying not to use research field classifications for determining citation impact
7. Erwin Krauskopf and Mauricio Salgado: Inconsistency in the use of the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) in journals used by Chilean researchers in Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities.
8. Caroline S. Armitage, Håkon M. Bjerkan, Inger Gåsemyr, and Eli Heldaas Seland: Building a portal for Norwegian sustainability research: From a bibliometric study to an open science service
9. Euan Adie: Bridging the Policy Gap
10. Rachel Miles: Virginia Tech Research Impact & Intelligence Team: An Integrative Approach to Research Analytics and Responsible Assessment Practices
11. Ashraf Maleki: Can Public Reviews on Policy Cited Scholarly Books Indicate Social Tension

18.00-19.00 PhDrinks! Informal get-together and networking event at Bar Varvintori (map link)

19.00 –> Workshop dinner at Restaurant Göran

September 23

9.00-10.00 Panel discussion: The advantages and limitation of the Nordic bibliometric indicator
Chair: Janne Pölönen and Vidar Røeggen

The Nordic bibliometric indicator is known as Den bibliometriske forskningsindikator (BFI) in Denmark, Julkaisufoorumi (JUFO) in Finland, Publiseringsindikatoren (NPI) or Tellekantene in Norway, and Norska listan or Norska modellen in Sweden. Denmark recently stopped producing the data and using it for performance-based funding. Norway is considering to stop using it for funding as well while continuing to collect data for the national research information system.

The use of other bibliometric data sources and indicators is increasing in academia. On this background, we ask: What are the disadvantages and advantages of the Nordic indicator compared to the alternatives? What are the consequences of possibly shutting down the Nordic indicator as a source of data and measurement?

The panel discussion includes experts on library and information science and bibliometrics from four Nordic countries:

    • Birger Larsen (Aalborg University, Denmark)
    • Susanna Nykyri (Tampere University, Finland)
    • Dag Aksnes (Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education, Norway)
    • Camilla Lindelöw (University of Borås / National Library of Sweden)

10.00-10.15 Coffee/Tea break

10.15-11.45 Session 4: Research Assessment in Nordic Universities and Research Institutes.
Chair: Fereshteh Didegah

Caroline Wraae and Charlotte Wien: The Bermuda triangle of Lean, Bibliometrics, and Research Assessment

Forough Rahimi and Farshid Danesh: Role and statistical relationship of hot papers in the ranking of Scandinavian universities in ARWU

Otto Auranen and Janne Pölönen: Multidimensional evaluation and comparison of Finnish universities across fields of science

Fereshteh Didegah: The indicator model versus the quality-based model at Swedish Universities: Challenges and Recommendations

11.45-12.45 Lunch

12.45-13.45 Keynote 3: Cassidy Sugimoto: Metasciences: situating the past, imagining the future
Chair: Timothy D. Bowman

13.45-14.00 Short break

14.00-15.00 Session 5: Altmetrics.
Chair: Ashraf Maleki

André Brasil: Recognising limitations of traditional research outputs in policy: Investigating research intelligence dashboards as a suitable alternative

Dennis M. Donathan II and Timothy D. Bowman: How Do Reddit Users Discuss Academic Objects? A Mixed-Methods Analysis of One Subreddit

Ashraf Maleki and Kim Holmberg: Comparison between tweeting and retweeting in the context of altmetrics

15.00-15.15 Closing of the workshop and announcement of NWB2023