Institutional research specializations identified by esteem factors and bibliometric means: A case study at the University of Vienna

Johannes Sorz, Wolfgang Glänzel, Ursula Ulrych, Juan Gorraiz

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Abstract

The identification of one’s own research specializations is of crucial importance for research administration at universities. In this case study, two different approaches were applied to the University of Vienna. The first relies on third-party funding and ranking results as well as on other esteem indicators. The second is based on a bibliometric analysis of the publication output. We used the Web of Science subject categories for publications clustering. In addition publications were also clustered for two esteem indicator-based research specializations (one STEM, one SSH) by means of the lists of the researchers associated with the research specializations (RS).Both approaches proved to be useful in identifying research specializations, lead to similar results and are meant to be used in a complementary way. We found that the greatest hindrance lies in the inherent limitations of journals-assignment-based classification systems that does not correspond to university structure and the considerable time and efforts for more accurate researcher-based publication analyses. Further investigation on this subject, including new and alternative metrics, is needed and will be conducted in the future. However, the preliminary results already demonstrate the benefits of bibliometric analyses for the identification of research specializations of universities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication17th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics, ISSI 2019 - Proceedings
EditorsGiuseppe Catalano, Cinzia Daraio, Martina Gregori, Henk F. Moed, Giancarlo Ruocco
PublisherInternational Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics
Pages873-884
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9788833811185
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019
Event17th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics, ISSI 2019 - Rome, Italy
Duration: Sep 2 2019Sep 5 2019

Publication series

Name17th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics, ISSI 2019 - Proceedings
Volume1

Conference

Conference17th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics, ISSI 2019
CountryItaly
CityRome
Period9/2/199/5/19

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Modelling and Simulation

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    Sorz, J., Glänzel, W., Ulrych, U., & Gorraiz, J. (2019). Institutional research specializations identified by esteem factors and bibliometric means: A case study at the University of Vienna. In G. Catalano, C. Daraio, M. Gregori, H. F. Moed, & G. Ruocco (Eds.), 17th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics, ISSI 2019 - Proceedings (pp. 873-884). (17th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics, ISSI 2019 - Proceedings; Vol. 1). International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics.