Prof. Dr. Massimo Aria
Universita‘ degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy

Massimo Aria is a full professor in Statistics for Social Sciences at the Department of Economics and Statistics of the University of Naples Federico II and Ph.D. in Computational Statistics.
His main research fields are bibliometrics, science mapping, systematic literature reviews, and machine learning. He led several statistical surveys about economic, social, ethological, and healthcare phenomena.
He is co-founder of the academic spin-off K-Synth and author of four open-source statistical software:

  • Bibliometrix R Package
    An R-tool for comprehensive science mapping analysis and quantitative research in scientometrics and bibliometrics.
  • pubmedR
    A set of tools to extract bibliographic content from the ‚PubMed‘ database using the ‚NCBI‘ REST API.
  • dimensionsR
    A set of tools to extract bibliographic content from ‚Digital Science Dimensions‘ using ‚DSL‘ API.
  • PLS-SEM Matlab Toolbox
    A Matlab/Octave package to estimate Structural Equation Models with Partial Least Squares algorithm (SEM-PLS, PLS-SEM, or PLS Path Modeling).

Google Scholar page: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=Qu66YZQAAAAJ&hl=it

Prof. Dr. Corrado Cuccurullo
Università degli Studi della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Italy

Corrado Cuccurullo, Ph.D., is a full professor in Accounting and Corporate Governance at the Department of Management and Economics of the University of Campania – Luigi Vanvitelli.
He has an extensive teaching, research, managerial and consulting experience. He currently is the Chairman of State-Owned enterprise (1.3 billion in turnover) that operates in purchasing, technological infrastructure, and digital innovation in healthcare and public administration.

Together with Massimo Aria, he founded the academic spin-off K-Synth and designed Bibliometrix (2016). He founded, with other colleagues, other digital start-ups and designed other business intelligence and data analytics software.

Google Scholar page: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=it&user=mfW3fRwAAAAJ

Dr. Nicola De Bellis
Bibliometric Office (CSBA) – University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

Graduated in philosophy at the University of Bari, Italy, De Bellis obtained a PhD in history of science in 1998 with a doctoral dissertation on Renaissance natural history. Seven years later, that job provided the background for an Italian prize-winning manuscript on the role of bibliographic citations in the scientific communication system. Having joined a medical library in 2002, he has been working since then on the boundary line between information science, history and philosophy of science. He is currently contract professor of information science for the Department of Education and Humanities and runs a full time bibliometric office supporting research evaluation activities at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

Dr. Simone Di Leo
Sapienza University, Italy

Simone Di Leo is a Research Fellow at Sapienza University of Rome with a focus on quantitative economic analysis. He has a PhD in Industrial and Management Engineering.
He is specialized in micro-data analysis and data quality in higher education institutions in Europe. His main research fields are scientometrics, non-parametric analysis and systematic literature reviews.
Personal website: https://simonedileo.github.io/
Google Scholar page:  https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=uXEtOBsAAAAJ&hl=it

Adriana Filip
Senior Manager, Customer Success Consulting, Clarivate

Adriana Filip is a Solutions Specialist for Clarivate. Her main role is to provide support for research analytical and discovery tools such as Web of Science, InCites Benchmarking & Analytics or Journal Citation Reports, and also to share an understanding and promote bibliometrics. She works with researchers, academics and librarians at all levels and cooperates with governmental and corporate institutions offering consultancy services.

Angela McGuire

Angela McGuire works in the Research Collaboration Unit at Elsevier and is responsible for driving projects centered around deriving insights and methods for demonstrating societal impact. She partners with higher education institutions to facilitate development of new tools and methods with a view to achieve better outcomes for the research evaluation community.
Angela has come to Elsevier after 20 years in the higher education sector including her PhD at Flinders University and most recently as Senior Data Analyst in the Research Office at the University of Tasmania, Australia. Angela’s interests lie in developing new ways to measure and demonstrate the societal impact of research. She loves to see insights turn into action, is always open to hearing new perspectives and is keen to collaborate to find innovative solutions to tackle the problems of our future.

Yves Moreau
Dynamical Systems, Signal Processing and Data Analytics (STADIUS), KU Leuven, Belgium

Yves Moreau is a professor of engineering science at the University of Leuven, Belgium. He is at the forefront of the development of artificial intelligence (AI) applications for the analysis of DNA in disease diagnosis and medication development. Moreau earned his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Leuven and he engineers algorithms for use in large-scale data analyses that guarantee the protection of privacy. In 2023, he received the Einstein Foundation Award of €200,000 for his strong commitment to upholding ethical standards in the use of human DNA data for research, and promoting privacy-preserving analysis of clinical genetic data within the realm of AI and big data.

Janne Pöllönen
Federation of Finnish Learned Societies, Helsinki

Janne Pölönen is Secretary General for Publication Forum at Federation of Finnish Learned Societies (TSV). Since 2010, Pölönen has participated in the development of community-curated national classification of peer-reviewed journals and book publishers (Publication Forum), which supports the performance-based research funding system of Finnish universities. Lic.Phil. in history, specialising in ancient Roman law and society research, his recent work is in the fields of scholarly communication, bibliometrics, research assessment, open science and learned societies. He is also a member of the CoARA Steering Board, coordinator of CoARA WG on Multilingualism and Language Biases in Research Assessment, and advocate for the Helsinki Initiative on Multilingualism in Scholarly Communication.

Dr. Dimity Stephen
German Centre for Higher Education and Research Studies (DZHW), Berlin, Germany

Dimity Stephen is a post-doctoral researcher at the German Centre for Higher Education and Research Studies (DZHW) in Berlin, Germany. She holds a bachelor’s in psychology and a PhD in public health from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Dimity’s main research interests lie in applying bibliometric methods to interrogate research on research questions in the areas of questionable publishing practices, peer review, academic research quality, and altmetrics.

Asst.Prof. Dr. Bart Thijs
Centre for R&D Monitoring (ECOOM), KU Leuven, Belgium

Bart Thijs is a research expert in bibliometrics at the Centre for R&D Monitoring (ECOOM) and professor at the department of Management, Strategy and Innovation both at KU Leuven. His main research focusses on application of network analysis techniques in areas like Science Mapping.
In 1999 he graduated at the same university in Psychology with a specialization in Statistics. He spent several years in industry as a statistical consultant, there he gained experience in the application of automated data analysis. In 2002 he joined the newly created policy research centre on R&D statistics at the KU Leuven. In 2010 he received his PhD from the Leiden University.
He co-authored more than 60 journal and conference contributions on a broad range of topics in scientometrics. Along his research he also teaches a course on large scale network analysis at the Master of Artificial Intelligence program at KU Leuven.

Dr. Jürgen Wastl
Director Academic Relations and Consultancy, Digital Science

Jürgen Wastl leads the Digital Science Consultancy, supporting research institutions, funders, governments and other institutions with research capabilities to make better use of data to inform their strategies and decisions. He also currently works on improvements in research classifications, most notably UoA (UK REF) and UN SDG (Sustainable Development goals). Since October 2019 he is also Associate Director at the Research on Research Institute (RoRI).
Before joining Digital Science, he headed the research information team in the Research Strategy Office at the University of Cambridge where he deputised for the PVC Research in national and international committees in all matters Research evaluation, assessment and interoperability. In his role as Deputy REF Manager he has been responsible for the development and advancement of tools and applications to meet a diverse set of research information needs. He supported the University’s extensive Strategic Research Review process with analyses and reports.

The esss is a wonderful initiative. Although bibliometrics are becoming more and more important in research evaluation, there is a general lack of appreciation of the intricacies of the different research metrics and data sources. esss will play a key role in building up expertise in this area.

— Prof. Anne-Wil Harzing, Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Business & Economics, University of Melbourne

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