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Revolution in science

Open Science advocate Shakib Wassey tells how a digital platform for open scientific publication and interactive evaluation could change scientific publishing.

Current Issue

What is Scientific Impact?
Societal challenges like migration movements, climate change, or digitization show that there is a pressing need for informed expertise from virtually all fields of research. Yet, scientific knowledge often remains within its domain and reaches civil society only indirectly and delayed. In a 5-year citation window, 27% of the papers from natural sciences and 32% of the papers from social sciences remain uncited. Expressed pointedly: While the need for scientific expertise is perhaps greater than ever, scientists produce papers that nobody reads. Moreover, neologisms like “alternative facts” suggest a noticeable loss of the scientific authority in the public opinion. All this raises a difficult question: What is the impact of science? In the next couple of weeks we will address this issue in more detail.

Short Analysis

Opinion

Putting data before the carrot

Self-citations and academic assessments: Including the s-index as an additional metric thus provides important context to guide decisions based on academic value.

Moonshot

Authorship revised

Do you want a piece of the cake? Making a compromise between 2.1 and 1.268

Interview

Revolution in science

Open Science advocate Shakib Wassey tells how a digital platform for open scientific publication and interactive evaluation could change scientific publishing.

Putting data before the carrot

Self-citations and academic assessments: Including the s-index as an additional metric thus provides important context to guide decisions based on academic value.

Chemically linked authors

Bibliometrics for the subject areas Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, as well as Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Pharmaceutics for the 20 highest performing authors

11000111 authors

Bibliometrics for the subject areas Computer Science and Decision Sciences for the 20 highest performing authors.