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Scientific evaluation models in Latin America and the criteria for assessing researchers

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We analyzed the scientific evaluation systems from 19 Latin American countries for developing a general evaluation model. We compared this model with bibliometric, economic and educational indicators, confirming the importance of supporting science, research, education and innovation


Abstract: This article analyzes the importance of scientific evaluation in Latin America, by identifying the institutions regulating it in each country, reviewing their strategic objectives for recognizing researchers and analyzing the use of diverse evaluation criteria. From a documentary analysis of the models for evaluating researchers in 19 countries, we unified the activities and products that are considered in these countries and we developed a general model for evaluating researchers, which consists of six dimensions and 39 criteria that allow characterizing the ways in which researchers’ activities are evaluated in the region. Finally, we compared the model’s criteria with data from bibliometric, economic and educational indicators.

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Recommended reference: Delgado, R.-M., Tarango, J., & Machin-Mastromatteo, J. D. (2020). Scientific evaluation models in Latin America and the criteria for assessing researchers. Information Development36(3), 457–467. https://doi.org/10.1177/0266666920943966

 

Indicators of responsible research practices

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Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on the Life of Higher Education Students: Student Respondents

Profile of Student Respondents of our Global Student Survey on Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on the Life of Higher Education Students. Find out more: http://www.covidsoclab.org/

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Regarding the emotional wellbeing, Mexican students have been among the most frustrated during the pandemic. Comments? Recommendations?

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Open science, open access and Latin America: a short conversation with Jon Tennant

I put together a video we shot in Peru with some notes I took when we spoke in order to publish ‘Open science, open access and Latin America: a short conversation with Jon Tennant’, published as a tribute to him, the smartest ideas are his and as he would say: “it’s published on #OpenAccess, duh!”

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Full text available at EmeraldInsight

Recommended reference: Machin-Mastromatteo, J.D. and Tennant, J. (2020), “Open science, open access and Latin America: a short conversation with Jon Tennant”, Digital Library Perspectives, Vol. 36 No. 2, pp. 207-210. https://doi.org/10.1108/DLP-05-2020-051

Understanding the process of academic publishing

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12th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries

9 years after my first participation in QQML as a PhD student, today was the turn of my student Alex Villegas, congratulations!

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Bibliometrics units as dynamic engines for universities’ scientific production

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New publication! We analyzed the dynamic role that a bibliometrics research unit can have for boosting any higher-education institution’s scientific production, a case study on Unidad de Investigación en Bibliometría – USIL co-written with my friends Josmel Pacheco-Mendoza and Joe Alway https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0266666920918466


Abstract: In this article, we review the process behind the establishment of the Bibliometrics Research Unit at the San Ignacio de Loyola University (Peru), as a specialized unit that has aided in enhancing its university’s scientific production and research practices. The Unit’s functions and its role as a dynamic engine for scientific production are also presented and discussed under the Peruvian and Latin American contexts.

Complete text at Sage Publications

Recommended citation: Pacheco-Mendoza, J., Alhuay-Quispe, J., & Machin-Mastromatteo, J. D. (2020). Bibliometrics units as dynamic engines for universities’ scientific production. Information Development, 36(2), 301–305. http://doi.org.conricyt.remotexs.co/10.1177/0266666920918466

 

Remembering Jon Tennant

So saddened by the news of Jon Tennant’s passing. The #OpenAccess community mourns this huge loss. I really knew him for a short time but he was an extremely smart and great guy.

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Remembering this very fortunate opportunity I had of interviewing Jon Tennant. We’ll miss you a lot!

Measurement of social capital and scientific and its effect on technological productivity in research communities

Abstract: This work characterizes the organizational conditions of social capital among researchers belonging to a research community and studies the relationship with their levels of scientific-technological productivity, demonstrating for certain dimensions and variables their association and dependence, which can provide elements to increase their productivity through science communication processes.

Open access version

Reference: Romo, J., Tarango, J., & Machin-Mastromatteo, J. (2020). Measurement of social capital and scientific and its effect on technological productivity in research communities. Nova Scientia, 12(24). doi:https://doi.org/10.21640/ns.v12i24.2157

Preference and willingness for scientific-technological innovation in Mexican high school students

I share our publication in the journal Información Tecnológica.


Abstract: This study analyzes the perception of 4456 high school students from the state of Chihuahua (Mexico), in relation to their preferences (understood as personal interest) and willingness (the desire to continue participating) towards scientific-technological innovation. The objective is determining the feasibility of generating extracurricular academic training environments (science clubs). The information was collected using a questionnaire and the data allowed the identification of the following moments in the study subjects: 1) previous experiences of scientific application and self-concept about creativity and creative people; 2) current interests in scientific-technological innovation; 3) knowledge and skills; and 4) provision of active participation in scientific environments. The results show that, when the four moments are analyzed as a method, only minor populations indicate constancy in taste and willingness to get involved in academic events related to innovation, which justifies the feasibility of opening promotional spaces for the science; On the other hand, a large population offers results of disinterest and lack of willingness to participate.

Open Access Version

Reference: Tarango, J., Guajardo-Morales, I., Machin-Mastromatteo, J, D., & Villanueva-Ledezma, A. (2020). Preference and willingness for scientific-technological innovation in Mexican high school students. Información Tecnológica, 31(1), 91-102. http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-07642020000100091.

 

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