The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) prepares the biennial Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI) report on behalf of the National Science Board. SRI International has subcontracted Science-Metrix to develop measures and indicators of research and patent activity using bibliometrics and patent data for inclusion in SEI 2016. The SEI reports high-quality quantitative data bearing on the scope, quality, and vitality of US and international science and engineering enterprise. These statistics aid in the understanding of the current context of these fields and inform the development of future policies. The SEI places particular emphasis on indicators of science and technology across institutional sectors, nations, and regions, and on time trends in these indicators. A key part of the SEI’s coverage is indicators of research and innovation, including scientific publications and patents.
Drawing on Science-Metrix’s extensive bibliometric and patent analysis experience, as well as a number of custom scientometric and technometric indicators and database analytical tools, developed in-house, the bibliometrics team will develop measures and indicators of research and patent activity for SEI 2016. These indicators will be published in the SEI and in other NCSES analytical publications.
The bibliometric analysis will include information on patterns and trends in authorship, citations, and collaborations across time, countries, subnational units, and scientific fields. The patent analysis will provide information on patent applications, patent grants, and patent citations of upstream patents and other research publications across time, countries, subnational units, and technology and industry areas. Science-Metrix will also compare the bibliometric data prepared for the 2016 iteration of the SEI with data prepared for SEI 2014, and prepare a report describing the sources of these differences.
Science-Metrix’s team is honored to have the opportunity to work with SRI International, an independent non-profit research organization and one of the world’s largest contract research institutes, as well as with NSF, the prestigious government agency supporting fundamental research and education in the United States.
Our bibliometrics team has already begun work on this exciting project, to be completed by July 2015. We look forward to sharing our findings with SRI International and the NSF, and—upon publication—with the wider community.