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An Introduction to Research Assessment Services

A webinar organised by:

Scientific Knowledge Services in collaboration with Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University and UCL Consultants at University College London.

It is a common opinion among research organisations, funders and other research stakeholders that the research frameworks should be re-shaped in a way in which science becomes more open and is building further trust within its own communities and to the broader society. We are dedicated to making this happen and we develop a range of services to help such organisations deliver this change.

We invite you to join our 70-minutes webinar and a conversation on June 11th, at 11:30 CEST.

We will present what are the essential elements about the use of bibliometrics in research management and research evaluation, illustrated with two practical examples.

You will participate in a conversation about how to make a safe and smooth journey to responsible metrics, how to link the data infrastructure to research indicators, understand the vast range of analytical dimensions, build accuracy and you will have a glimpse on how your institution could tailor a research assessment framework that really meets its needs.

We look forward to have you participating in this webinar. Feel free to recommend it to other colleagues from your country or your research network!

Recommended readings for this webinar:

  1. Next-generation metrics: Responsible metrics and evaluation for open science, by European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. Accessible at
  2. Large-Scale Analysis of the Accuracy of the Journal Classification Systems of Web of Science and Scopus by Qi Wang, Ludo Waltman. Accessible at
  3. Indicator frameworks for fostering open knowledge practices in science and scholarship. Accessible at
  4. Ignat, Tiberius, and Paul Ayris. 2020. “Built to Last! Embedding Open Science Principles and Practice into European Universities”. Insights 33 (1): 9. DOI:
  5. Sorbonne Declaration on Research Data Rights. Accessible at

The webinar is free of charge.

The language will be English.

We look forward to meet you on June 11th, at 11:30 CEST

WHEN: June 11th 2020, 11:30 CEST

WHERE: the webinar platform will be announced soon. 


Speakers (more details are presented below): 

  • Mark Neijssel, Sales Director CWTS B.V.
  • Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice-Provost (UCL Library Services)

Chair: Tiberius Ignat, director Scientific Knowledge Services 

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11.00 – 11.30 Registration and networking
11.30 – 11.35 Welcome notes and short introductions
11.35 – 12.00 Mark Neijssel, Sales Director CWTS B.V. Leiden, The Netherlands: Bibliometric analysis in research management and evaluation
12.00 – 12.15 Dr. Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice-Provost University College London, UK: Research Assessment in the age of Open Science  
12.15 – 12.35 Questions and answers: live and via (code: #ResA1)
12.35 – 12:40 Closing notes

About the Speakers

Mark Neijssel, CWTS B.V.

Mark Neijssel, holds an M.Sc. in Bio-organic chemistry at the University of Amsterdam. Since 1999 he has been active in various commercial roles within contract research organisations/companies for the (bio)pharmaceutical industry. His main activities have always taken place at the common ground of commerce and science.

At CWTS he is responsible for the development of the applied contract research activities for research performance studies and advanced analytics. These services are provided to a broad range of clients ranging from high profile universities to smaller regional focused universities, funding bodies, (national) research institutes. These clients are spread across the globe.

He organizes and is a lecturer in the CWTS professional training courses provided abroad: Chicago in collaboration with Northwestern University and Melbourne in collaboration with Deakin University.

Bibliometrics analysis in research management and evaluation

The use of bibliometrics in research management and research evaluation is widespread. Consequently, a strong need has emerged for information about the application of bibliometrics in this context. Our centre, the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University, has a long tradition of providing bibliometrics training courses and services in the context of research management and evaluation.

This presentation provides the most essential information about the use of bibliometrics in research management and research evaluation illustrated with two practical examples.

Dr. Paul Ayris, University College London, UK


Dr Ayris is Pro-Vice-Provost (UCL Library Services). He joined UCL in 1997. 

Dr Ayris was the President of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) 2010-14. He is Co-Chair of the LERU (League of European Research Universities) INFO Community. He chairs the OAI Organising Committee for the CERN-UniGe Workshops on Innovations in Scholarly Communication. Until 2020, he also chaired the JISC Collections’ Content Strategy Group. On 1 August 2013, Dr Ayris became Chief Executive of UCL Press. He attends the Provost and President’s Senior Management Team in UCL by nomination/request.

He has a PhD in Ecclesiastical History and publishes on English Reformation Studies. In 2019, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Research Assessment in the Age of Open Science

A recent report from the European Universities Association has shown that there are currently no universally agreed indicators to measure the quality of higher education across systems. In current assessment systems, research outputs are used to measure academic quality and the relative position of research-intensive universities, often using metrics that have inherent weaknesses. Open Science/Scholarship presents an opportunity to re-evaluate traditional assessment frameworks. Statements such as DORA and the Leiden Manifesto are helping to forge a new future for research assessment.

UCL (University College London) has risen to the challenge by adopting an institution-wide Bibliometrics Policy, grounded in these 2 initiatives. Built on the principles of Open Science, the policy shows how reading the output is better than the use of proxies for academic quality such as the Journal Impact Factor. The new policy is aligned with  UCL’s statement of commitment to the principles of Open Science in the age of the coronavirus and is a model for the development of UCL’s ongoing activity in the area of research assessment.

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