Call for Papers

The 21st S&T Indicators Conference will take place in València on 14-16 September 2016.

We invite submission of papers, posters and special sessions to the conference.

NEW Deadline: 29 March 2016


Theme: Peripheries, frontiers and beyond

This year the conference aims to stimulate reflection on the challenges posed to S&T indicator development and use in geographical, cognitive or social spaces that are peripheral or marginal to the centres of economic, scientific or technological activity. We propose to identify, describe and analyse the problems that emerge in situations and spaces where indicators are used beyond their scope of validity. The conference aims to offer an international platform to propose and discuss alternative approaches and indicators.

The conference will include Special Tracks on

  1. Data infrastructure and data quality for evolving research metrics. Led by Cameron Neylon (PLoS One).
  2. International benchmarking of innovation: challenges and adequacy for developing and developed regions. Led by Luciana Marins (UNESCO Institute of Statistics).
  3. Measuring diverse research “qualities”: indicators of societal impact, engagement, participation, and local relevance. Led by Judith Sutz (Univ. República, Uruguay).
  4. Collaborations, mobility and internationalization. Led by Rigas Arvanitis (IFRIS, IRD, France).
  5. Social sciences and the humanities. Led by Thed van Leeuwen (CWTS, Leiden University).

Other topics include:

  1. Data infrastructure for research metrics.
  2. Social media and alternative metrics.
  3. Visualisation for policy and evaluation.
  4. How do indicators shape research agendas?
  5. Evaluation of mission-oriented research.
  6. Science participation and communication.
  7. Inclusive innovation and grassroots innovation.
  8. Indicators for sustainable development in socio-economic transitions.
  9. Gender and gendered research and innovation.
  10. International benchmarking of innovation: challenges and adequacy.
  11. Innovation, creativity and culture.


Papers accepted will be published in an open access proceedings book (including a doi number per paper). Editors of the journals “Research Evaluation” and “Science and Public Policy” will be on the lookout for thematic clusters of potential papers.

Author Guidelines

  1. Short paper with a description of a completed study (max 3,000 words) Download template Short Paper
  2. Research in progress paper (max 1,500 words) Download template Research in progress paper
  3. Special session: proposal for 90 or 180 min. panel discussions, round tables or a coherent set of papers (2,000 words max.) Download template Special session
  4. Poster (max 1,000 words) with an abstract of the study Download template Poster

Submissions for this conference were closed on 30-07-2016.

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