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On January 1, 2016 the iFQ will continue its work as Department 2 "Research System & Science Dynamics" of the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (Deutsches Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung, DZHW)

To learn more about the DZHW, please follow this link.

Research Core Dataset (release 1.0) published and recommended by the German Council of Science and Humanities for implementation

In the context of the recent winter meetings (20 – 22 January 2016) the German Council of Science and Humanities discussed and evaluated the specification for a Research Core Dataset (RCD) (release 1.0) and recommended the RCD standard for implementation at research institutions in Germany. The recommendations summarise the background and goals of the project, illustrate the process of development, present the contents of the RCD standard and make suggestions for implementation and future development of the Research Core Dataset.

The recommendations of the German Council of Science and Humanities for the RCD and the respective press release (document in German) are now publicly available.

The first release (release 1.0) of the Research Core Dataset (document in German) as well as further information on the project results can be found on this website.


The iFQ celebrated its 10th Birthday with an Celebratory Evening at the Natural History Museum Berlin (Museum für Naturkunde Berlin)

Under the dinosaur, the iFQ and its guests celebrated, participated in Science Slams, and, said farewell to the Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance. Many thanks to all participants and orators for attending this special event!

Anniversary Conference "Critique As Professional Service? Scientific Policy Advice Between Legitimation and Intervention" on December 7 and 8, 2015 at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

To celebrate 10 years of science studies at the iFQ, we hosted our 8th annual conference with the title "Critique as a professional service". The well-respected speakers as well as the approximate 150 participants discussed the role and influence of research institutes in policy advice. How can research contribute to "quality assurance" of political decision making? How is scientific critique organized and reflected upon with regard to legitimation and intervention? Among the speakers were Roger A. Pielke Jr. (author of The Honest Broker), Sabine Maasen, Monika Jungbauer-Gans, Gert G. Wagner, Jürgen Windeler and Peter Weingart.

Further information on the Annual Meeting here. You can take a look at the talks of the conference here.


Summer School "Quo Vadis Scientific Quality?"

The Science Studies and Higher Education Summer School Programme can be viewed online.

During the week of 14 – 18 September 2015, quality in scientific knowledge production and of scientific institutions was discussed. The summer school was organized by Martin Reinhart (iFQ/HU Berlin). Among the speakers were:
Georg Krücken and Otto Hüther (Kassel), Paul Wouters and Sarah de Rijcke (Leiden), Eva Barlösius and Bernd Kleimann (Hanover), David Kaldewey (Bonn), Wendy Espeland (Chicago), Christine Musselin (Paris), Estrid Sørensen (Bochum), Tobias Peter (Freiburg), Tanja Bogusz (Berlin), Monika Jungbauer-Gans (Hanover), and Stefan Hornbostel (Berlin).


Information on PhD grades updated

After its update, the information system PhD grades includes figures for the year 2013. It visualizes data of the statistical office by discipline and university (in German) revealing great differences in quantity and grading practice.


Study assessing the impact of the EU's Framework Programs now available

How does the EU's Framework Programs (FP) effect the capacities and careers of funded researchers? Which data collections and methods make it possible to assess long-term impact of the FP on skills, expertise, and career paths? The European Commission asked a consortium formed by IDEA Consult, iFQ, and PPMI Vilnius to answer these questions. The study is now available.

Further information …


Special Issue of Research Evaluation on science, technology, and innovation indicators published

A recent special issue of Research Evaluation brings together papers about measuring scientific performance. The authors analyze new performance dimensions such as collaboration, mobility, career advancement, and transfer and how they can be adequately taken into account when using and improving science, technology, and innovation indicators. The papers follow up results of the Science and Technology Indicators Conference 2013. iFQ was the organizer of this international conference in the field of science and technology studies.

The special issue of Research Evaluation is available via: (subscription is required to read full papers)


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New Publications

Download Huber, Nathalie / Wegner, Antje / Neufeld, Jörg, 2015: MERCI (Monitoring European Research Council's Implementation of Excellence): Evaluation Report on the Impact of the ERC Starting Grant Programme. iFQ Working Paper No.16. Berlin: iFQ.  
Download Blümel, Clemens / Gauch, Stephan / Hendriks, Barbara / Krüger, Anne / Reinhart, Martin, 2015: In Search of Translational Research: Report on the Development and Current Understanding of a New Terminology in Medical Research and Practice. iFQ-Berichte No. 54, Berlin: iFQ.  
  Hornbostel, Stefan, 2015: Das Zitat als Währung. in: Lahusen, Christiane; Markschies, Christoph (Hg.): Zitat, Paraphrase, Plagiat. Wissenschaft zwischen guter Praxis und Fehlverhalten, Frankfurt/New York: Campus Verlag, 307-316.  
Download Hornbostel, Stefan / Möller, Torger, 2015: Die Exzellenzinitiative und das deutsche Wissenschaftssystem: Eine bibliometrische Wirkungsanalyse. Wissenschaftspolitik im Dialog 12, Berlin: Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften.  
Download Alexander Botte / Ute Sondergeld / Marc Rittberger (Hrsg.), 2015: Monitoring Bildungsforschung. Befunde aus dem Forschungsprojekt "Entwicklung und Veränderungsdynamik eines heterogenen sozialwissenschaftlichen Feldes am Beispiel der Bildungsforschung". Verlag Julius Klinkhardt. Bad Heilbrunn.  
  Special Section: 18th International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators: Translational Twists and Turns: Science as a Socio-Economic Endeavor. In: Research Evaluation 2015, 24 (1). DOI: 10.1093/reseval/rvu033. Online.  
  Hauss, Kalle / Kaulisch, Marc / Tesch, Jakob, 2015: Against all odds: Determinants of doctoral candidates' intention to enter academia in Germany. International Journal for Researcher Development.  
IDEA Consult / iFQ / PPMI, 2014: Study on assessing the contribution of the framework programmes to the development of human research capacity RTD   Human Research Capacity. In: European Commission (Hg.): Brussels: Union européenne. DOI: 10.2777/51230.  
  Chi, Pei-Shan, 2014: The characteristics and impact of non-source items in the social sciences – a pilot study of two political science departments in Germany; Dissertation. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Philosophische Fakultät I, urn:nbn:de:kobv:11-100221693. Online.  
  Donner, Paul, 2014: Enhanced self-citation detection by fuzzy author name matching and complementary error estimates. In: Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. doi: 10.1002/asi.23399. Online.