2015 has been a huge year of growth for Science-Metrix and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our clients, contributors and project partners for such a professionally fulfilling year.
So what were some of the highlights?
Perhaps the biggest news was the official launch of our spin-off company 1science in November. After two years of product development, 1science now presents a suite of tools that provides an integrated solution for academic institutions to drastically increase the uptake of open access scientific publications. Three institutions have already signed on to implement the suite—École Polytechnique, Caltech and the University of San Francisco—with contracts currently being finalized with a further two institutions. As we wind up 2015, 1science employs 22 team members, up from just 5 at the start of the year.
In January 2015, the Science-Metrix Evaluation Services team welcomed new Vice-President Werner Meier. Werner established our new offices in Ottawa in May, and has been so successful in securing new contracts that three new staff members will join the team at the beginning of 2016. Major contracts in 2015 included evaluations for Helen Keller International, the Alberta Prion Research Institute, SSHRC and CIFAR.
Our Bibliometrics team continued to prove their international leadership in their field this year, completing the largest bibliometric study ever undertaken in Europe for the European Commission, and providing bibliometric and patent indicators to the 2015 UNESCO Science Report and the National Science Foundation’s Science & Engineering Indicators 2016. The team also completed two other major projects for the European Commission: She Figures 2015—the main source of pan-European, comparable statistics on the state of gender equality in research and innovation—and a network analysis of participation in the 7th Framework Programme (FP7). The Bibliometrics team is also expanding in the New Year in response to a growing workload.
As we head into 2016, we are looking forward to commencing or continuing work on several contracts, including an update study of scientific production in Africa for AOSTI; a formative evaluation of Collaborative Research and Innovation Opportunities (CRIO) for Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions; a study for the European Commission examining the benefits, feasibility, cost-effectiveness and validity of data mining in relation to key innovation policy issues for the private sector; and an evaluation of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH).
Science-Metrix will be closed for the holiday period from Saturday 19 December 2015, reopening on Monday 4 January 2016.
We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!
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