Capturing researcher mobility with publication data

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Scientific discoveries are often the result of global collaborations and exposure to new ideas, techniques, and approaches. Researcher mobility is an important element of their success.

Whereas the international flow of students is monitored in large public initiatives, tracking researchers’ mobility is less ambitious. Various studies used CVs of academics as a source of data; using Scopus data, Elsevier has developed an aggregated, country model used in various reports[1].

This research collaboration project between ICSR and STINT started in 2021, with the ambition to develop, test and validate an institutional and cross-sectorial researcher mobility model[2] which will supplement the existing country-level reports[3].

The aim of this interactive, transparent model is to calculate mobility at researcher’s level, then to aggregate the data up to the institutional and cross-sectorial level. This model could be used to further our understanding of mobility trends among researchers and how researcher’s performance is influenced by various types of mobility (duration, geographic, sectorial).

To ensure that our model is relevant to the wider research community, we are engaging with stakeholders by conducting interviews; we also plan to validate this model at the researcher level. The initial meetings confirmed the interest in the approach and by autumn we will have a revised model which incorporates the feedback. We hope to share the results at NWB2022 and discuss the methods and key mobility-related patterns and indicators.
PeriodSep 21 2022Sep 23 2022
Event titleNordic Workshop on Bibliometrics and Research Policy
Event typeConference
LocationFinlandShow on map