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Aguillo I.F.,Cybermetrics Laboratory | Bar-Ilan J.,Bar - Ilan University | Levene M.,Birkbeck, University of London | Ortega J.L.,VICYT CSIC
Scientometrics | Year: 2010

Recently there is increasing interest in university rankings. Annual rankings of world universities are published by QS for the Times Higher Education Supplement, the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the Higher Education and Accreditation Council of Taiwan and rankings based on Web visibility by the Cybermetrics Lab at CSIC. In this paper we compare the rankings using a set of similarity measures. For the rankings that are being published for a number of years we also examine longitudinal patterns. The rankings limited to European universities are compared to the ranking of the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at Leiden University. The findings show that there are reasonable similarities between the rankings, even though each applies a different methodology. The biggest differences are between the rankings provided by the QS-Times Higher Education Supplement and the Ranking Web of the CSIC Cybermetrics Lab. The highest similarities were observed between the Taiwanese and the Leiden rankings from European universities. Overall the similarities are increased when the comparison is limited to the European universities. © 2010 Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary. Source

This study explores the connections between social and usage metrics (altmetrics) and bibliometric indicators at the author level. It studies to what extent these indicators, gained from academic sites, can provide a proxy for research impact. Close to 10,000 author profiles belonging to the Spanish National Research Council were extracted from the principal scholarly social sites: ResearchGate, Academia.edu and Mendeley and academic search engines: Microsoft Academic Search and Google Scholar Citations. Results describe little overlapping between sites because most of the researchers only manage one profile (72%). Correlations point out that there is scant relationship between altmetric and bibliometric indicators at author level. This is due to the almetric ones are site-dependent, while the bibliometric ones are more stable across web sites. It is concluded that altmetrics could reflect an alternative dimension of the research performance, close, perhaps, to science popularization and networking abilities, but far from citation impact. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. Source

Seeber M.,University of Lugano | Lepori B.,University of Lugano | Lomi A.,University of Lugano | Aguillo I.,Cybermetrics Laboratory | Barberio V.,University of Vienna
Journal of Informetrics | Year: 2012

We examine the extent to which the presence and number of web links between higher education institutions can be predicted from a set of structural factors like country, subject mix, physical distance, academic reputation, and size. We combine two datasets on a large sample of European higher education institutions (HEIs) containing information on inter-university web links, and organizational characteristics, respectively. Descriptive and inferential analyses provide strong support for our hypotheses: we identify factors predicting the connectivity between HEIs, and the number of web links existing between them. We conclude that, while the presence of a web link cannot be directly related to its underlying motivation and the type of relationship between HEIs, patterns of network ties between HEIs present interesting statistical properties which reveal new insights on the function and structure of the inter organizational networks in which HEIs are embedded. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. Source

Ortega J.L.,VICYT CSIC | Aguillo I.F.,Cybermetrics Laboratory
Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology | Year: 2014

This article offers a comparative analysis of the personal profiling capabilities of the two most important free citation-based academic search engines, namely, Microsoft Academic Search (MAS) and Google Scholar Citations (GSC). Author profiles can be useful for evaluation purposes once the advantages and the shortcomings of these services are described and taken into consideration. In total, 771 personal profiles appearing in both the MAS and the GSC databases were analyzed. Results show that the GSC profiles include more documents and citations than those in MAS but with a strong bias toward the information and computing sciences, whereas the MAS profiles are disciplinarily better balanced. MAS shows technical problems such as a higher number of duplicated profiles and a lower updating rate than GSC. It is concluded that both services could be used for evaluation proposes only if they are applied along with other citation indices as a way to supplement that information. © 2014 ASIS&T. Source

Ortega J.L.,R and D Analysis | Aguillo I.F.,Cybermetrics Laboratory
Scientometrics | Year: 2010

This paper aims to analyse the collaboration network of the 6th Framework Programme of the EU, specifically the "Life sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health" thematic area. A collaboration network of 2,132 participant organizations was built and several variables were added to improve the visualization such as type of organization and nationality. Several statistical tests and structural indicators were used to uncover the main characteristic of this collaboration network. Results show that the network is constituted by a dense core of government research organizations and universities which act as large hubs that attract new partners to the network, mainly companies and non-profit organizations. © 2010 Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary. Source

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