Greek Scientific Publications 1996-2010

Greek Scientific Publications 1996-2010: Bibliometric analysis of Greek publications in international scientific journals” is the second edition of EKT’s established study series which records scientific publishing activity in Greece and its international impact.

The study series –a result of collaborative work– aims to create a consistent ground for monitoring and presenting data for the research environment in Greece and thus to enable correlations with levels of research activity in EU and OECD countries. Our goal is to provide reliable evidence on the Greek research area, point to its strengths and contribute to a broader understanding of the potentials and challenges of Reseach and Development (R&D) in Greece.

Scientific publications are the main output of research activity. Research output is traditionally measured on the basis of the overall amount of scientific publications, its share in the international realm, the share of citations received, the number of scientific collaborations and a range of other indicators. However, scientific publications are only a part of a country’s research output. Publications in national scientific journals, books, monographs, studies, conferences, patents, academic workshops are all valuable pieces of data which, if processed efficiently, provide a comprehensive picture of research activity at a country level. There is also a recent tendency to record additional data which emerges from online informational resources.

Among all these sources of data in research activity, scientific publications remain a basis for recording and mapping research activity at a national level. Following a long tradition, bibliometric indicators of scientific publications are metrics widely used as measures of scientific activity in a plethora of relevant studies issued by many countries. At the same time, methodologies are constantly evolving to address each country's particularities and needs.

This study produces widely used bibliometric indicators to describe reality in Greek research environment so that results can be further used at the level of policy making in research, technology and innovation.

Data was drawn from the Thomson Reuters databases. Since 2007, there is a lack of available data on Research and Development (R&D) which prevented us from producing additional research indicators which correlate a researcher’s productivity and its share in available research funding. However, the General Secretary of Research and Technology (GSRT) is currently planning the collection of all essential data. The study’s next edition will fully exploit this data to produce additional research indicators, similar to those found in equivalent studies at the European level.

The current study produced indicators and detailed data for 81 institutions across 8 categories. Along with indicators at the single level of institutions, the study also presents comparative figures regarding their performance. The creation of the study’s electronic format was funded by NISRT (National Information System for Research and Technology- Social Networks/ User Generated Content). In the study’s electronic edition, readers can access all relevant data and figures and gain a valuable interactive experience which enables them to comprehend results easily in a multimodal way.

Having realized that studies of this kind are relatively new and have evoked a number of debated issues at a national level which are still open to public discussion, we invite readers to submit their online comments at the end of each chapter. Our aim is to collect and publish these reviews so that we identify issues for further development and contribute to the public dialogue surrounding evaluation of research activity both at national and international level.

Evi Sachini

Head, Strategic Planning and

Development Department