A study Series for Recording and Mapping Research Activity in Greece

The National Documentation Centre of Greece (EKT), periodically carries out studies which produce established and reliable indicators for research activity in Greece.

Since indicators in research are an essential tool for evaluating research results and guide the formation of new policies for research, technology and innovation, today discussion about research indicators lies at the center of the international public dialogue for research.



The National Documentation Centre (EKT) based on its statutory role for the collection, organization and distribution of scientific information is efficiently using large volumes of documented data, expertise of human resources and modern technical infrastructures to undertake activities related with mapping research activity in Greece. Along with other activities, EKT establishes periodical studies, reports on scientific indicators related to scientific publications (bibliometrics), research activity (scientometrics), the use of informational web data and resources (webometrics) and runs the Current Research Information Systems (CRIS). For further information regarding EKT’s activities in the research realm, visit www.epset.gr, a website created to host the  project "National Information System for Research and Technology", and www.ekt.gr/metrics.

Scientific publications -means for distribution of research results in scientific community- are the main resources used when mapping and evaluating research activity. EKT carries out a detailed study which records and systematically processes data on scientific publications issued by key institutional bodies and organizations in Greece. The study series ‘Greek Scientific Publications: a Bibliometric Analysis of Greek Publications in International Scientific Journals’ aims to identify the basic characteristics of Greek scientific output and to explore Greece’s position in the international scientific landscape.At a national and international level, a variety of public bodies, research institutions, universities and policy makers are using these studies as a point of reference that:

     Reveal the characteristics of Greek scientific output

     Define trends and tendencies in research activity at the level of institutions and fields

     Estimate the impact of scientific work

     Identify national and multinational networks across scientific fields

The National Documentation Centre follows a distinct methodological approach, applies advanced validation techniques and develops the software required for the procession and analysis of data. Until today, the study covers the periods: 1993-2008 and 1996-2010 (current edition). Data for these editions was drawn from the databases of the Web of Science (Thomson Reuters). An edition based on data from Scopus Database (Elsevier) has been recenlty published.