CECIC International Workshop “National, regional and global sources for a new perspective on the circulation of knowledge”

The scientific meeting, organised by the CECIC, will take place on 30 and 31 October and 1 November, with the participation of specialists from all over the country and abroad. The activities will take place at the CICUNC (Rectorate) and Classroom 1 of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences (FCPyS) of the UNCuyo.

The Workshop will consist of three days of presentations, debates and reflections. On the first day, the following themes will be addressed: Global information sources and transformations of the mainstream circuit, together with Comparative trajectories of circulation: encounters between prosopography and bibliometrics. On the second day of the scientific event, the following thematic lines will also take place: Spaces of circulation and evaluative cultures, as well as Sources of information, Humanities and Social Sciences. The third day, meanwhile, will be the setting for presentations and reflections on national scientific journal systems, interoperability, repositories and journal platforms. The scientific event has confirmed the participation of various national and international specialists who will present advances and findings of their work related to the circulation of scientific knowledge and the instrumentalisation of sources from different geographical anchors.

On 30 October, the researchers who will participate in the roundtable linked to global sources of information are Ismael Ràfols (Leiden University), Vincent Lariviére (Université du Montreal), Fernanda Beigel (CONICET, CECIC-UNCUYO), Emanuel Kulczycki (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań), and Gabriel Vélez Cuartas (University of Antioquia). Then, in the session devoted to the study of comparative trajectories of circulation, Luciano Digiampietri (Universidade de São Paulo), Osvaldo Gallardo (CONICET, CECIC-UNCUYO), Victor Montoya (UNTreF), Antonela Isoglio (UNC) and Soledad Gomez (CONICET, CECIC-UNCUYO) will present their contributions. On the second day proposed for 31 October, the round table corresponding to the Spaces of circulation and evaluative cultures will be made up of studies by Maximiliano Salatino (CONICET, CECIC-UNCUYO), Victor Algañaraz (CONICET, CECIC-UNSJ), Flavia Prado (CONICET, CECIC-UNSJ), Gonzalo Castillo (CONICET, CECIC-UNSJ), Ana María Almeida (Universidade Estadual de Campinas), Pía Rossomando (CONICET, CECIC-UNSJ), Soledad Gomez (CONICET, CECIC-UNCUYO), Fabio Erreguerena (CECIC-UNCUYO) and Fabricio Neves (Universidade de Brasilia). Also participating in the session focused on Sources of information in the humanities and social sciences will be Denis Baranger (UNMisiones), Juan Piovani (UNLP), Amurabi Oliveira (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina), Mayra Juruá Gomes De Oliveira (CIRST-UQAM, Universidade Estadual de Campinas), together with Lucía Céspedes (CONICET, UNC).

On 1 November, as part of the special programme of the “UNESCO-Interoperable Platform for Scientific Journals” project, the round table dedicated to National Systems of Scientific Journals will be held with the participation of Carolina Monti (CONICET, UNLP), Carolina de Volder (Centro Argentino de Información Científica y Tecnológica CONICET), Fernanda Beigel (CONICET, CECIC-UNCUYO), Emilio Di Domenico (UNC), Ramiro Zo (UNCUYO) and Maximiliano Salatino (CONICET, CECIC-UNCUYO). In the second activity of the day, focused on Interoperability studies, repositories and journal platforms, Gonzalo Villareal (UNLP), Enzo Rucci (UNLP and Comisión de Investigaciones Científicas de la provincia de Buenos Aires), Carlos Authier (Centro Argentino de Información Científica y Tecnológica CONICET), Carina Gordillo (Centro Argentino de Información Científica y Tecnológica CONICET), Paola Azrilevich (MINCyT) and Alberto Apollaro (MINCyT) will present their papers. The programme is available here.

UNESCO’s Open Science Production Indicators project is launched

The project “Indicators of production in open science: building bridges towards the interoperability of information systems in Argentina” approved and funded by UNESCO held its inaugural meeting on June 15, 2023. The development of its scientific activities will be conducted by the Center for Knowledge Circulation Studies (CECIC) in liaison with the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the National University of Cuyo (Mendoza, Argentina).

The first meeting was held on 06/15/23, with the participation of experts in scientific journals from all over the country.

The proposal seeks to generate a working space and explore the existing conditions, obstacles and technical requirements to build a platform of Argentine scientific journals to make this production accessible to different users, students, researchers, librarians and information management personnel from different institutions. Building the architecture of such a platform could generate bridges of interoperability with open-access repositories of institutions, offer a valuable tool for evaluation processes and enhance the editorial professionalization of journals.

Hence, the project is clearly in line with the principles of UNESCO’s Open Science Recommendation, approved in November 2021. This proposes, among other dimensions, to advance in the institutionalization of enabling environments for open science, promoting responsible practices in the evaluation of research and researchers, which tend to encourage quality science, recognizing the diversity of research results, activities and missions. Likewise, these recommendations recognize that to foster a culture of open science, one of the main areas of action lies in redirecting incentives in academic evaluation systems. Finally, among its programmatic actions, it recommends that Member States, by their specific circumstances, governance structures and constitutional provisions, and by international and national legal frameworks, actively seek to reward open science practices in terms of research data, publications, as well as citizen and participatory science.

The survey of Argentinean journals: a contribution of the CECIC team to the UNESCO project

Within the framework of a study funded by CIECTI on accessibility and circulation of Argentine scientific journals, the dataset of the “Relevamiento de Revistas Científicas Argentinas” has recently been made available in open access in the digital CONICET Institutional Repository, to consolidate information on currently active Argentine scientific journals created between 1858 and 2020.

The digital CONICET Institutional Repository is an open-access virtual platform that makes available to society, the scientific-technological production made by researchers, fellows and other staff of the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET). This dataset includes descriptive information about these journals at the time of the survey (October 2021) that allows to analyze them according to their editorial professionalization, institutional anchorage and indexing and also includes a set of characteristics such as title, date of creation, discipline, website, editorial management, publishing institution and information on APC collection, subscriptions and indexing in databases, among others.

The journal titles were extracted from lists from different indexing databases or portals (Latindex Catalog 2.0, SciELO, RedALyC, Scopus and Web of Science, ISSN Argentina, Oliva-CECIC-Cuyo, national universities and scientific societies). Also, the data were collected and subjected to a process of cleaning and detection of duplicates and inactive journals between May and October 2021, resulting in a list with information on 786 active journals in 2020.

The Survey of Argentine Scientific Journals results were published in Chapter 1 of the book “Policies for the Promotion of Knowledge and intellectual property rights”, recently presented at the 47th Book Fair. This chapter offers a current overview of Argentine scientific journals in all areas. The first part completely describes the universe of recent publications surveyed. It then analyzes the structure of the Argentine scientific publishing space and its forms of circulation, offering a classification of the journals. Finally, it relates the world of scientific publishing with academic evaluation systems to present some conclusions and proposals for the future.

The survey was carried out within the framework of the Study of Argentine scientific journals by Fernanda Beigel (CONICET and UNCUYO), Carolina Monti (CONICET/UNLP) and Maximiliano Salatino (CONICET/UNCUYO), financed by the Interdisciplinary Center for Studies in Science, Technology and Innovation (CIECTI).

The purpose of making this survey available is to encourage and promote quality Argentine journals.

The dataset can be accessed here.

The Latin American Forum for Research Assessment

The Latin American Forum for Research Assessment (FOLEC) is an initiative of the international Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO). CLACSO created FOLEC to support knowledge sharing on research assessment reform between CLACSO research member institutions and regional policymakers. This initiative was necessary because CLACSO research member institutions are located in 52 countries, primarily in Latin America and the Caribbean, where research assessment measures are regionally disparate or in need of reform. The ultimate goal of FOLEC is to facilitate the creation of a collective and improved Latin American and Caribbean standard of practice for academic research assessment. To this end, FOLEC works with national research councils in the region and specialists from CLACSO´s network. Together they convene conferences, workshops, and working groups on the topic of research assessment to facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing.

In November of 2019, FOLEC and the Mexican National Council for Sciences and Technology (CONACYT) organized the First Latin American Forum on Research Assessment in Mexico City.1 Stemming from this meeting, CLACSO’s Executive Secretariat presented a roadmap to create a collective Latin American and Caribbean research assessment reform proposal by November 2021. Since then, FOLEC has convened national and international meetings to facilitate knowledge transfer for scientific assessment reform and has generated guidance documentation for research assessment reform in the region.