The Clarivate report demonstrates that nations or institutions with diverse research priorities are responding more holistically to unprecedented scientific challenges
LONDON, June 16, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Clarivate Plc (NYSE: CLVT), a global leader in providing reliable information and insight to accelerate the pace of innovation, today released a new global research report that examines the ability of nations and institutions to respond to unexpected challenges or opportunities in science, medicine and technology. and social sciences by drawing on the diversity of their research activities and expertise.
With the publication of “Diversity of topics in research portfolios“, Clarivate Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) ™ analysts examine the diversity of topics in a research context and show trends in national and institutional research portfolios by reviewing G7 publications1 and BRICK2 nations from 1981 to 2018. The report finds that the diversity of topics offers advantages, especially in terms of resilience and responsiveness to unexpected challenges, and examines the capacity of these nations to meet the needs of their citizens by responding to a serious global challenge. unforeseen event – the COVID-19 pandemic. In doing so, Clarivate identifies a new, easily usable analytical approach to assess the capacity and competence of research organizations and nations.
The report draws on the Web of Science ™ citation index, leveraging the well-known Gini coefficient to provide a pragmatic approach to examining research diversity by identifying a stable global baseline. for national comparisons, using highly structured data collected over forty years. By focusing on the balance or regularity of categories, quick visual comparisons can be made over time and between entities. The study shows that the analysis of diversity offers a new forward-looking view of the opportunities for intellectual and scientific development, unlike the retrospective analysis of citations from publications, which looks back on achievements.
Bibliometric data were explored in depth as a monitoring tool past performance and results. Understanding and valuing diversity can be useful not only before-indicator search for research organizations but also to be an essential tool for national and institutional research managers to anticipate and prepare for unforeseen events – and deploy an effective response.
Jonathan adams, Chief Scientist of the Institute for Scientific Information at Clarivate, said: “The association between the diversity of research topics and the response to challenges and innovation points to a new source of information for those managing research portfolios and will be a valuable new tool in support of strategic investment planning.
Diversity and research response
COVID-19 presented an unforeseen global research challenge, and the ISI identified 67,756 articles (articles or reviews) indexed in the Web of Science and published in 2020-2021 related to COVID-19. Their analysis of these articles suggests that a diverse research base is indeed potentially beneficial in enabling a more complete response, as it offers agility and the possibility of recombining knowledge in unexpected interdisciplinary situations. Countries with a diverse research base have responded with a rapid and comprehensive range of innovative research – but most specialized countries have not. An exception, Brazil, has a narrow but pre-adapted research base for this particular challenge.
Joel Haspel, SVP Strategy, Science at Clarivate said, “Diversity matters. The diversity of research, in all its forms, is an engine of economic progress. It stimulates innovation and contributes to the stability and resilience of national portfolios and should be a valuable part of management planning for research and development for countries and institutions.
Notes to Editors:
1 G7 countries: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, United States
2 BRICK Country: Brazil, Russia, India, Mainland China, South Korea
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