RefResh 2018

1st Workshop on Reframing Research (@ EuroCSS symposium)
5 Dec. 2018, Cologne, Germany

Over the last decade, research has been scaling up in terms of publications, authors, contributing institutions and funded projects. Nowadays, research literature is estimated to round up 100-150 million publications with an annual increase rate around 1.5 million new publications. The fourth paradigm shift of science on one side, and the ever-increasing availability of data about research drivers and outcomes on the other have enabled scientists and researchers to "place the practice of science itself under the microscope" and dissect and analyse it in unprecedented ways.

For these reasons, it is of paramount importance to study such an articulated, global-scale, evolving system in order to understand its dynamics, patterns, internal equilibria and interactions among the diverse scientific actors. In particular, recent studies have proved that a holistic study of research as a complex phenomenon inserted in a delicate socioeconomic and geopolitical context, rather than as an isolated, context-unaware system, can provide a deeper insight on how research and researchers influence and are influenced by world outside academia. Such an analysis can provide answers to socioeconomic questions, frame academic research on a geopolitical canvas, provide insights on the factors that generate successful science, allocate better resources and therefore benefit of greater impact and efficacy.

Workshop Goals

The main objective of the proposed workshop is to bring together researchers from both quantitative and qualitative studies, practitioners and policy makers working in the field of academic research, scholarly communication and knowledge production in order to reframe research in relation to the underlying socioeconomic and geopolitical canvas.

In particular, we intend to encourage interdisciplinary analysis that considers research as a complex system that influences and is influenced by society, economics, culture, and politics. This would include analysis of academic social networks and interactions among different communities, exploration of factors influencing or preventing scientific collaboration and knowledge dissemination, exploration of trends, polarisations and biases in research, methodologies, indicators and measures for assessing research impact on society and industry, policies and practices fostering a better scientific progress and so on.


  • Analysis of patterns and trends in academia
  • Research equality, fair opportunities and access to funding streams
  • Gender, racial and geographic trends and biases
  • Mutual influence of research and politics
  • Societal impact of research
  • Analysis of researchers mobility and careers
  • Predatory publishing and bogus conferences
  • Misrepresentation of science and public opinion mining
  • Acceleration of scientific progress
  • Structure and evolution of science
  • Evolution and diffusion of research concepts across research areas
  • x.metrics (scientometrics, informetrics and altmetrics)
  • Assessment of interdisciplinarity
  • Impact of Open Access and Open Science
  • Policy making and strategic decision for research
  • Traditional publishing caveat, critiques and alternative models
  • Novel peer review practices

Call for Abstracts

Important dates


Submission guidelines

RefResh 2018 looks for extended abstracts around the listed topics summarising the work to be presented.
We encourage researchers to also submit abstracts of work that has already been published and/or submit work in progress.
Submissions have to be up to 3 pages (in English) excluding references in Springer LNCS format.
Extended abstracts should be submitted as pdf files through EasyChair conference management system TBA.

Papers will be evaluated according to their significance, originality, technical content, style, clarity, and relevance to the workshop.
Please give a sufficiently detailed description of your work and your methods so we can adequately assess its relevance.
Please consider that reviewers will be from an interdisciplinary community.
RefResh also supports the Linked Research principles; we applaud authors having care to consider them when preparing their papers.

It is our intention to publish, if possible, the workshop proceedings in CEUR workshop series or, in alternative, as Open Access post-print on Zenodo.

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RefResh 2018 is a co-located event of the 2nd European Computation Social Science Symposium (EuroCSS), 5-7 Dec. 2018, Cologne, Germany.
RefResh 2018 workshop will take place on the 5th of December.

Program details TBA.

Workshop organisation

Workshop Chairs

  • Andrea Mannocci (Knowledge Media Institute, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK)
  • Francesco Osborne (Knowledge Media Institute, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK)
  • Paolo Manghi (Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione (ISTI) of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Pisa, Italy)

Program committee

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