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Leonid Gokhberg


Michel Le Gohebel , Désirée Pecarz, Katharina Handler , Klaus Schuch1
  • 1 Strategic Research, Centre for Social Innovation, Linke Wienzeile 246, A-1150 Wien, Austria

S&T Cooperation between the EU and Ukraine: Benefits and Barriers

2011. Vol. 5. No. 3. P. 44–57 [issue contents]

Michel Le Gohebel — Project Leader, Centre for Social Innovation (Austria). E-mail: legohebel@zsi.at  Address: Linke Wienzeile 246, A-1150 Wien

Désirée Pecarz — Project Leader, Centre for Social Innovation (Austria). E-mail: pecarz@zsi.at  Address: Linke Wienzeile 246, A-1150 Wien

Katharina Handler — Research Fellow, Centre for Social Innovation (Austria). E-mail: handler@zsi.at  Address: Linke Wienzeile 246, A-1150 Wien

Klaus Schuch — Senior Research Fellow and Commercial Manager, Centre for Social Innovation (Austria). E-mail: schuch@zsi.at  Address: Linke Wienzeile 246, A-1150 Wien

This paper concerns the misalignments in science citation indexes, which are increasingly used to assess research performance and the efficiency of S&T policy. Alongside evident advantages of using citation indices are serious shortcomings: their focus on predominantly English-language publications that match certain publishing criteria, as well as the significantly larger share of engineering disciplines over  humanities in publications. In addition, the co-existence of internally as well as externally oriented scientific communication markets creates difficulties for comparing the publishing performance of scholars from different countries and interpreting these data. As a result, indicators of publishing performance do not reflect the state-of-the-art in national science — rather they demonstrate its internationally “visible” segment and the rate of internationalization for selected disciplines.

The paper associates the main reason for this misalignment in historical factors. Historically, international science uses a common language for scientific communication, and it is now dominated by Anglo-American academic publishers.

Russia, the subject of this study, still has a predominantly locally oriented market for research publications, and Russian science remains poorly integrated into the international scientific process. The study argues that in assessing scientific contributions, a country’s integration in to the global scientific communication system must be considered as well as the structure and dynamics of international publications.

In conclusion, it is added, that using bibliometric tools is not alone sufficient to assess scientific contributions. One must also consider national publication and citation practices, the national system of scientific communications, and mechanisms of acquiring a reputation in comparison with those of other nations.

Citation: Le Gohebel M., Pecarz D., Handler K., Schuch K. (2011) Nauchno-tekhnologicheskoe sotrudnichestvo ES i Ukrainy: preimushchestva i bar'ery [S&T Cooperation between the EU and Ukraine: Benefits and Barriers]. Foresight-Russia, vol. 5, no 3, pp. 44-57 (in Russian)
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