Science Studies Colloquium

The Science Studies Colloquium is a series of monthly meetings where scholars interested in scientometrics, science of science, sociology of science and related areas present their work to each other in a virtual setting. Each colloquium is one hour, with approximately 30 minutes presentation and 30 minutes discussion. If you are interested in joining the colloquium as audience, you can use this link:

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If you are a scholar and would like to present your work, send an e-mail with the suggested topic and a brief outline of the contents to Jens Peter Andersen Jens Peter Andersen <>

Past presentations can be found below the current schedule, or on our YouTube channel (link opens in another window).


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Stefanie Haustein

How can we reduce the misuse of metrics in academia?

Wednesday, February 09 2022, 15:00 CET (+0100)
The quantification and oversimplification of academic success is harming scholarly communities in all disciplines. Scholarly metrics, such as the h-index or impact factor, are widely applied in academic tenure and funding decisions, but often inappropriately. This has created publication pressure, leading to a range of adverse effects and even scientific misconduct. To improve the understanding and appropriate use of scholarly metrics, the concept of metrics literacies has been proposed as an integrated set of competencies, dispositions, and knowledge that empower individuals to recognize, interpret, critically assess, and effectively and ethically use scholarly metrics. Attempts to address the lack of metrics literacies in the wider academic community, such as the Leiden Manifesto and The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) or books such as Becoming Metric-Wise: A Bibliometric Guide for Researchers and Measuring Research are published as textual documents. As scholars are already overwhelmed by too much to read, the question arises why not to provide more efficient and effective multimedia open educational resources (OERs) instead of text? The Metrics Literacies project aims to aims to educate researchers and research administrators by developing, testing and disseminating educational videos to reduce the misuse of metrics in academia.

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Guillaume Cabanac and Cyril Labbé

Tortured phrases: A dubious writing style emerging in science. Evidence of critical issues affecting established journals

Wednesday, March 09 2022, 15:00 CET (+0100)

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Marek Kwiek

Title to be announced.

Wednesday, April 13 2022, 15:00 CEST (+0200)

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Cassidy Sugimoto

Title to be announced.

Wednesday, May 11 2022, 15:00 CEST (+0200)

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Roberta Sinatra

Title to be announced

Wednesday, June 08 2022, 15:00 CEST (+0200)

Past presentations

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Vincent Larivière

Are self-citations a normal feature of knowledge accumulation or a perversion of research evaluation?

Wednesday, October 13 2021, 15:00 CEST (+0200)
Recorded presentation

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Anna Abalkina

The proliferation of hijacked journals: detection and academic misconduct

Wednesday, November 10 2021, 15:00 CET (+0100)
Recorded presentation

The presentation will discuss two issues of hijacked journals. The first shows how cost-reduction strategies of hijacked journals expansion allow to detect these fraudulent publishers. The second issue is connected with the belief in the literature that naïve authors submit papers to hijacked journals. The presentation will demonstrate that there is a group of dishonest authors who are attracted by the fast publication with no peer review process that is offered by hijacked journals.

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Diego Kozlowski

Intersectional inequalities in science

Monday, December 06 2021, 15:00 CET (+0100)
Recorded presentation

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Björn Hammarfelt

Assessing academic careers: Metrics and trajectories in the evaluation of professorial candidates

Wednesday, January 12 2022, 15:00 CET (+0100)
Recorded presentation

Reputation and recognition gained through publications has been a crucial merit for career advancement in science since the birth of the research university in the late 18th century. The ability to publish research is instrumental both for gaining recognition within a specific field of research, and for the possibility of getting a permanent position in academia. Through a content analysis of assessment reports for professorial candidates in biomedicine, economics and history this presentation discusses how publication oeuvres are compared and evaluated. Specifically the analysis focus on how referees use bibliometric measures and other types of 'judgment devices' to assess and rank candidates. Moreover, specific attention is given to how evaluators mobilize the idea of 'career trajectories' to weave together disparate bits of evidence extracted from the bylines of researchers' CVs.