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Lewison G.,University College London | Turnbull T.,Evaluametrics Ltd
Scientometrics | Year: 2010

New Scientist is a British weekly magazine that is half-way between a newspaper and a scientific journal. It has many news items, and also longer feature articles, both of which cite biomedical research papers, and thus serve to make them better known to the public and to the scientific community, mainly in the UK but about half overseas. An analysis of these research papers shows (in relation to their presence in the biomedical research literature) a strong bias towards the UK, and also one to the USA, Scandinavia and Ireland. There is a reasonable spread of subject areas, although neuroscience is favoured, and coverage of many journals-not just the leading weeklies. Most of the feature articles (but not the news items) in New Scientist include comments by other researchers, who can put the new results in context. Their opinions appear to be more discriminating than those of commentators on research in the mass media, who usually enthuse over the results while counselling patience before a cure for the disease is widely available. © 2010 Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary.


Lewison G.,Kings College London | Roe P.,Evaluametrics Ltd
Proceedings of ISSI 2013 - 14th International Society of Scientometrics and Informetrics Conference | Year: 2013

Most physical science research papers are universal in their interest and are published in international journals in English. However much social sciences research is of primary interest to readers in the authors' country and so is often published in the national language and in journals not processed for the SSCI. We wondered if it was possible to estimate the shortfall in coverage of this research by the SSCI by comparing the ratio of papers from a given country in the SSCI only to the numbers in both the SCI and SSCI with the corresponding ratio for the USA, with account taken of the relative expenditures on social sciences and medical research. For this purpose, we examined sets of papers with each of a selected title word chosen from one of four subject categories, and found, as expected, that Anglophone countries showed much less shortfall than the large continental European ones (France, Germany, Italy, Spain) or those in east Asia (China, Japan, South Korea). The data in the paper can be used to estimate how many social sciences papers are likely to be "missing" from the SSCI for the leading countries. © AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH Vienna 2013.


Roe P.,Evaluametrics Ltd | Lewison G.,Kings College London | Webber R.,Kings College London
Scientometrics | Year: 2014

This paper uses two large databases, one of given names and one of family names, to categorise the names of researchers from Italy, Sweden, the UK and the USA whose papers in astronomy and oncology were published in 2006-2007 and in 2011-2012 by sex (gender) and ethnicity or national origin. For all the countries, there were relatively many more females publishing papers in oncology than in astronomy, but their share of contributions was lower than the percentage of researchers. Sweden and the UK had much higher percentages of both other European and Rest of the World researchers than Italy did. US researchers with non-European names were categorised in six main country groups. The ones with the greatest presence were Chinese (mainly Mandarin) and South Asians (mainly Indians). The method could be adapted to investigate the progress of women in research in many other countries, and the role played by non-national researchers in their scientific output. © 2013 Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary.


Sullivan R.,Kings College London | Sullivan R.,Italian National Cancer Institute | Sullivan R.,Center for Global OncoPolicy | Lewison G.,University College London | And 2 more authors.
European Journal of Cancer | Year: 2011

The organisation of cancer research is critical to its overall creativity and productivity. Cancer centres are a major organisational structure for this research, however, little is known about their effect on research or how national policy-making intersects with this complex policy nexus. This study of the evolution of United Kingdom cancer centres (UKCC), part of a wider European and United States programme, uses a bibliometric analysis of research activity prior to the creation of the NCRI and after its formation (1995-2004/5). In terms of critical research mass UKCC are very heterogeneous with a fourfold difference between the top and bottom quintiles. UK centres published just over one eighth of the total UKCC in 1995 but almost a quarter by 2004. This centrification occurred in the absence of any national strategy. Overall these centres conduct more fundamental (laboratory-based) research than that being conducted in the wider network but this hides major heterogeneity. UKCC collaborate with European investigators in 5-28% of all their outputs and with USA the range is between 6% and 21%. We have also derived new measures of research impact on clinical management and the general public as well as the impact of national policy on research assessment for certain types of cancer research. © 2011 Published by Elsevier Ltd.


Shelton R.D.,ITRI Ltd | Lewison G.,Kings College London | Lewison G.,Evaluametrics Ltd
Scientometrics | Year: 2013

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) is one of the world's most secretive and reclusive states. In scientometrics, even the United Nations, which compiles data from every country of the world, has been able to do little beyond counting the few scientific papers made publicly available (UNESCO 2010). The world could benefit from knowing more about North Korean science, which is quite well developed-witness all the concern about their nuclear energy and rocket launches. Here an analysis is presented of the North Korean presence in the world's scientific literature, and of the possibilities for collaboration which offers a mechanism for positive development for their citizens and also for their neighbours. © 2013 Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary.

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