20 February 2015

Analysts uncovered amazing patterns in the way scientists’ names correlate with whom they publish, and who they cite in their papers - not just in case of a particular country, but globally. Tania Vichnevskaia of the French National Institute for Health (INSERM) presented the paper ‘Applying onomastics to scientometrics‘ at IREG International symposium 2015 organised by University of Maribor and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

The paper was prepared jointly with NamSor (http://namsor.com/), a private start-up company specialized in mapping international Diasporas. NamSor has been solicited in 2014 by a European country to help measure the ‘brain drain’ affecting its competitiveness in the BioTech sector and to produce a global map of its scientific Diaspora (who are they, where are they and what are they doing). The objective was to build up the country’s scientific international cooperation and to engage its Diaspora.

Serendipity led analysts to discover interesting patterns in the way scientists names affect co-authorship and citation – not just for this particular country, but globally.

Last year, during ICOS2014 conference at Glasgow University, NamSor presented how data mining millions of scientific articles in PubMed/PMC LifeSciences database uncovered amazing patterns in the way scientists names correlate with whom they publish, and who they cite in their papers.

Collaboration started between NamSor and bibliometric experts at INSERM – the French National Institute for Health- to evaluate and visualize the effects of migration, Diaspora engagement and possibly cultural biases in Science.

Tania Vichnevskaia’s presentation at the conference:

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