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Bibliometric Study on Arctic Research (2009)
Client: Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)
[PDF] – Study Report

Description:  This study was conducted to support the development of Canada’s Northern Strategy, more particularly the implementation of a research station in the Arctic. Within this context, the report sought to address two main questions:

  • Is Canada a leader in Arctic research?
  • How does Canada interact with other countries in Arctic research?

This report presented salient statistics on the scientific output of Arctic research in Canada, with comparisons to other countries, by examining:

  • the intensity and the quality of Arctic research in Canada as compared to that produced at the world level and by other leading countries;
  • the intensity and the quality of leading international and Canadian institutions in the field;
  • the scientific collaboration patterns of Canada in Arctic research, as compared to its collaboration in science generally but also as compared to the scientific collaboration in Arctic research seen in other countries; and
  • the scientific collaboration patterns of leading institutions in the field.

Bibliometric Analysis of Consumer Issues Research in Canada and in Other Leading Countries (2008)
Client: Industry Canada (IC)
[PDF] – Study Report

Industry Canada’s Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA) conducts research on the status of academic consumer research and studies in Canada, particularly as it pertains to public policy and consumer issues. Science-Metrix was mandated to provide a bibliometric analysis, the objective of which was to assess the extent of Canadian research on consumer issues research (CIR) and the impact of this research as measured by citation frequency. The assessment comprised a comparison of Canada’s performance with that of other leading countries in this field as well as an assessment of Canadian universities’ performance in CIR.

One of the main challenges of the study involved defining the field of CIR and delimiting the core set of papers that would be used as a basis for measurement. The approach that was developed and used allowed for the production of the indicators used to benchmark Canada’s performance in CIR against those of other productive countries in the field.

Scientific Collaboration between Canada and California: A Bibliometric Study (2008)
Client: Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT)
[PDF] – Study Report

Description: Science-Metrix has been mandated to provide a bibliometric analysis of the strengths of Canada and California in different areas of science and on collaboration activity between the two regions. This bibliometric study is based on peer-reviewed scientific papers and on patents. The study focused on eight fields of natural sciences and engineering (NSE) and their respective subfields, based on the scientific journal classification used by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the production of its Science and Engineering Indicators. The following analyses were provided:

  • analysis of the scientific output of Canada and California to identify the areas that are of interest with respect to current and potential scientific collaboration;
  • analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of Canada and California in fields and subfields of scientific research;
  • analysis of scientific collaboration between Canada and California in each field and subfield; and
  • analysis of USPTO patents co-produced by Canadian and Californian inventors.

Bibliometric Study in Support of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s International Science Strategy (2008)
Client: Fisheries  and Oceans Canada (DFO)

Description: The purpose of the study, which provided comprehensive bibliometric data on fisheries and oceanography research conducted at the world level and analyses of these data, was to help DFO identify potential international collaborators in countries that have demonstrated research strengths in their 11 priority research areas, as per their International Science Strategy and Five-Year Research Agenda.

Datasets were developed to delineate publications in these 11 priority research areas using a keyword-based approach. Data on publications, citations, specialisation and collaboration in fisheries and oceanography research over the 1996–2007 period were disaggregated by priority research area and by country. Data were also provided on DFO’s past and current collaboration patterns and on the impact of publications co-authored with international authors, for monitoring purposes.

Bibliometric Analysis of Individuals Supported by Alberta Ingenuity Fund (2008)
Client: Alberta Ingenuity Fund (AIF)
[PDF] – Study Report

Description:  This study examined the scientific production of researchers and graduate students who received financial support from the Alberta Ingenuity Fund (AIF). The scientific output of about 120 researchers and 300 graduate students was analyzed based on three bibliometric indicators of scientific performance: (1) number of papers, (2) average of relative citations, and (3) average of relative impact factors.

The selection of high-calibre researchers and academically superior graduate students is a crucial component of AIF funding programs. As such, by comparing the scientific output of successful researchers and students to comparable groups, the analysis provided insight as to whether AIF has effectively selected outstanding researchers and highly promising students.

In addition, the effect of AIF funding on the volume and impact of the scientific production of funded applicants was investigated. In the case of graduate students, the analysis also looked at the effect of AIF funding on mobility.

Bibliometric Assessment of Research Funded by Genome Canada (2009)
Client: Genome Canada
[PDF] – Study Report

Description:  Genome Canada was established in April 2000 by the federal government to provide Canada with the capacity to undertake large-scale projects that would secure its position as a world leader in genomics in areas of strategic importance to Canadians (e.g., agriculture, environment, fisheries and health). Being a publicly funded corporation, Genome Canada is accountable for the value it creates through the funding of research and is therefore committed to the highest standards of good governance and responsible management.

It is in this context that Genome Canada undertook its second formative evaluation. As part of this exercise, Science Metrix was mandated to provide performance measurements of the large-scale research projects supported by Genome Canada under its third objective: the support of large-scale projects of strategic importance to Canada, which are beyond current capacities by bringing together industry, government, universities, research hospitals and the public.

Bibliometric Analysis of Energy Research at the World Level & Benchmarking of CanmetENERGY (2009)
Client: Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
[PDF] – Study Report

Description: The study, performed for Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), had three important aims: to examine the evolution of energy research at the world level; to examine the evolution of the scientific output of leading countries over the last decade, with an emphasis on Canada; and to benchmark CANMET-led energy R&D relative to comparable research organizations using bibliometric methods.

CanmetENERGY is Canada’s leading federal government science and technology organization in energy research. Its mandate is to develop and demonstrate energy-efficient, alternative and renewable energy technologies and processes. The CETC works directly with industry at the early stages of the technology development cycle to help accelerate the development of energy technologies from initial research to commercialization.

This study examined energy research at the world and the country levels, as well as the scientific contribution of the CETC, comparing it to that of comparable international organizations in the field.

Measurement of R&D Performance at Environment Canada (Science and Technology Branch) Using Bibliometric Methods (2009)
Client: Environment Canada (EC)

Description: Environment Canada undertook a review of the commitments of its Science Plan and of its Science and Technology Branch (S&T Branch). By way of discussions among an internal Working Group, this process involved the development of a R&D performance measurement strategy. This quantitative analysis played a central role in monitoring the progress of Science Plan commitments over time and supporting the design of EC’s next Science Plan.

To respond to these data needs, Science-Metrix provided strong evidence of scientific output performance measures using bibliometrics. Several bibliometric indicators were computed during this assessment and were used in a performance report published by Environment Canada.

[PDF] – Study Report
[PDF] and [HTML] – Environment Canada Report: Measuring Environment Canada’s Research & Development Performance