The International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI) conference welcomed the European Doctoral Forum in Vienna in July 2013. ASIS&T SIG/MET and ASIS&T's European Student Chapter joined the University of Vienna's Center for Doctoral Studies in organizing the forum, which provided an opportunity for doctoral students to discuss their research and receive feedback from renowned scientometricians. Nine students representing five countries and a variety of disciplines presented their work. Topics included altmetrics, electronic visualization and regional differences in research over time. The scholarly exchanges were capped by lunch and traditional Viennese coffees.

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Bulletin, October/November 2013

European Doctoral Forum at the 14th International Society of Scientometrics and Informetrics Conference

by Christian Schlögl

The ISSI conference series is one of the prime events in scientometrics and informetrics and is organized under the auspices of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics. The scope of this year’s ISSI was to “provide an international open forum for scientists, research managers, authorities and information professionals to debate the current status and advancements of informetric and scientometric theories and their deployment” ( In addition to the traditional evaluative focus, practical applications in related fields such as library and information science, history of science and philosophy of science were discussed. 

This year, the European Doctoral Forum took place for the fifth time at an ISSI conference. Besides the Center for Doctoral Studies at the University of Vienna, ASIS&T SIG/MET and the European Student Chapter of ASIS&T were partner organizations. The primary objective of the European doctoral forum is to provide doctoral students with a platform for presenting and discussing their research projects with senior researchers and fellow students and to develop relationships with other scientists. 

This doctoral forum was organized by Ivana Roche from INIST (Institut de l’Information Scientifique et Technique) and Christian Schlögl from the University of Graz. Due to the limited time available (the forum took place between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on July 15), not all applications could be accepted. Finally, nine students from five different countries (Austria, Germany, Hungary, The Netherlands and the United States) were invited. Interestingly, a few students were from organizations without a direct link to scientometrics or information science, but came from various other disciplines (computer science, economics, sociology). Also the presented topics were broad. They ranged from traditional themes like determinants of the research activity and efficiency in Russia and the Ukraine over the period 1993-2013 or research career systems to the use of altmetrics in research evaluation or the visualization of research fields based on scholarly communication on the web. Their quality is reflected in that a few of the doctoral students also presented in the regular program of ISSI 2013. 

Each presentation lasted 30 minutes. In the first part the students presented their dissertation projects. The second part served for discussion and input. In order to give feedback to the students, the organizers were assisted by renowned scientometricians Peter Ingwersen, Jonathan Levitt, Ronald Rousseau and Cassidy Sugimoto. 

One of the highlights of the European Doctoral Forum was lunch in a traditional Viennese cafe (Café Landtmann), which was sponsored by ASIS&T. Here, students had the opportunity to socialize and learn more about each other. Of course, the stay in Café Landtmann could not have been completed without having a cup of coffee selected from the wide range of their coffee specialties.

Photo credit: Juan Gorraiz
Front row, left, Jonathan Levitt, senior researcher, and Christian Schlögl, organizer of the forum. Behind them are many of the doctoral students participating in the forum. 

Christian Schlögl is an associate professor at the Institute of Information Science and Information Systems, University of Graz (Austria). He can be reached at christian.schloegl<at>