Science-Metrix completes a four-year study on the production and regular update of bibliometric indicators for the European Commission

Published on August 14 2015

Science-Metrix is proud to have successfully completed the largest bibliometric study in Europe for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research & Innovation. Science-Metrix earned international recognition by obtaining this major and challenging contract in 2010, and is now recognized as one of the world’s leading bibliometric firms.  

The project, which lasted four and a half years, led to two peer-reviewed conference papers, as well as six published reports and a dissemination brochure. Using Scopus as the main database, the project team produced comparative bibliometric statistics at the national, regional and organizational (i.e., universities, NGOs and companies) levels for the 41 countries of the European Research Area (ERA).

The study provides an overview of Europe’s strengths and weaknesses in knowledge production by fields of science and geographic distribution over the 2000–2012 period. For four consecutive years Science-Metrix has collected and updated bibliometric data to analyze the scientific performance of countries, groups of countries, regions and institutions (e.g., universities, public research organizations and firms). To this end, a series of indicators were constructed in accordance with internationally accepted methods. More specifically, data were provided on publications, citations and publication impact, specialization and collaboration patterns.

The series of stand-alone analytical reports provides a deeper examination of trends in these data that relate to S&T specialization, performance and networking at the levels of regions, countries and institutions. One of the reports also features a cross-cutting analysis of scientific publications versus other STI indicators, in which Science-Metrix investigated the existing relationships between R&D inputs and outputs from an econometric perspective. This specific study added to the growing knowledge base on the factors driving scientific productivity (the efficiency with which research inputs are converted into research outputs) at the national and regional levels. It reports on the results of an analysis performed using the most comprehensive dataset on STI indicators that is currently available for ERA countries and Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics regions (NUTS 2).

These data will be used by the Commission’s services in combination with reports on the technological specialization patterns of European countries, and allow for informative comparisons on R&D investments and sector changes. The indicators and analyses produced as part of this study will also be used in various European Commission publications, such as the regular Science, Technology and Competitiveness Report and other documents. 

For a brief synopsis of findings, read the dissemination brochure here.

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