Author archive: Diana Hicks

Establishing the prevalence of the gender dimension in research
September 16, 2016
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About 7% of social science research and about 4% of medicine and humanities integrate a gender dimension. In agricultural and natural sciences as well as engineering and technology there is a vanishingly small amount of research involving gender. Sweden’s research has the strongest commitment to researching gender issues, with almost 9% of social sciences and […]
Bibliometrics Open access
The many flavors of open access
August 5, 2016
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Life used to be so simple. If you wanted to find a scholarly paper, you looked in a journal. If somebody asked you where a paper was, you gave them the name of the journal. With the rise of open access, things have gotten more complex, and not just a little more complex. In this […]
Bibliometrics Open access
OACA – the open access citation advantage
July 22, 2016
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If you post your paper online somewhere outside a paywall, you join the majority of scholars and your paper will gain a citation advantage over papers available only through a journal. This has been demonstrated in recent research. A particular focus of research on open access publishing has been the hypothesis that open access papers […]
Higher education
Letter from two AAU faculty to AAU provosts re Academic Analytics
May 16, 2016
Diana Hicks & Cassidy Sugimoto In August 2013, President Obama released the “Plan to Make College More Affordable: A Better Bargain for the Middle Class,” which announced the Administration’s intention to develop a rating system for colleges, with results eventually to be linked to federal student aid. Public comments were solicited, and the Association of […]
Bibliometrics Data sources
The difference a database makes
March 21, 2016
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The difference a database makes
Databases never include everything. This is one of the most important reasons to know your data source. By knowing what is excluded, you can better understand the counts produced and arrive at a correct interpretation. The switch from SCI/SSCI CD-ROM to Scopus in NSF’s Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI) 2016 provides a rare opportunity to […]