The Scholarly Communications International Observatory (SCIO) studies scholarly communication in a global and digital market; topics such as: reputation, publishing, sharing, impact, information seeking, communications, social media, trustworthiness, and open science. The fundamental belief that underpins the Observatory is that scholarly communication and reputation is to be studied in a global context, but with a deep understanding of the national context.


Dave Nicholas has been invited to present the results of his extensive research on scholarly reputation and bibliometrics to the Community of Practice on Composite Indicators and Scoreboards. This annual meeting is organised by COIN, part of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission at Ispra (Italy). Bringing together scientific and analytical expertise that can be applied across policy areas, COIN is renowned for its expertise on statistical methodologies and has become a reference partner for the statistical audit of composite indicators.

The purpose of this one-day event is to bring together policy analysts and researchers from the European Commission, international organizations, think tanks and the academia, to foster a practical exchange of experiences across a wide range of key policy areas that are monitored through composite indicators and scoreboards.

New ways of building, showcasing, and measuring scholarly reputation will be presented on behalf of Professor Nicholas by co-author Blanca Rodríguez-Bravo.

a pat on the back?

ResearchGate is a social media website that imitates features familiar to users of inter-alia LinkedIn, Facebook, etc. Where ResearchGate really scores is that, like any social media platform, it locks members into real-time engagement, patting them on the back, reminding them, constantly refreshing their ratings, and enjoining them to improve their scores.

David Nicholas, David Clark, Eti Herman. ResearchGate: Reputation uncovered. Learned Publishing 17 June 2016. doi: 10.1002/leap.1035

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