Conference 14-16 September 2016
  • 14 July  2016    Early bird registration deadline & submission of the final paper version
  • 29 March 2016 NEW Submission Deadline
  • 14 March 2016  Submission Deadline
  • 14 June  2016    Notification of acceptance

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Call for papers

The 21st S&T Indicators Conference will take place in València on 14-16 September 2016.

We invite submission of papers, posters and special sessions to the conference.

Deadline: 14 March, 2016  29 March 2016 NEW Submission Deadline

Theme: Peripheries, frontiers and beyond

This year the conference aims to stimulate reflection on the challenges posed to S&T indicator development and use in geographical, cognitive or social spaces that are peripheral or marginal to the centres of economic, scientific or technological activity. We propose to identify, describe and analyse the problems that emerge in situations and spaces where indicators are used beyond their scope of validity. The conference aims to offer an international platform to propose and discuss alternative approaches and indicators. See details of theme [read more]


The conference will include Special Tracks on

  1. Data infrastructure and data quality for evolving research metrics. Led by Cameron Neylon (Curtin University).
  2. International benchmarking of innovation: challenges and adequacy for developing and developed regions. Led by Luciana Marins (UNESCO Institute of Statistics).
  3. Measuring diverse research “qualities”: indicators of societal impact, engagement, participation, and local relevance. Led  by Judith Sutz (Univ. República, Uruguay).
  4. Collaborations, mobility and internationalization. Led by Rigas Arvanitis (IFRIS, IRD, France).
  5. Social sciences and the humanities. Led  by Thed van Leeuwen (CWTS, Leiden University).
  6. Smart use of indicators for innovation policy. Hugo Hollanders & Lili Wang (United Nations University – MERIT).


Other topics include

  1. Data infrastructure for research metrics.
  2. Social media and alternative metrics.
  3. Visualisation for policy and evaluation.
  4. How do indicators shape research agendas?
  5. Evaluation of mission-oriented research.
  6. Science participation and communication.
  7. Inclusive innovation and grassroots innovation.
  8. Indicators for sustainable development in socio-economic transitions.
  9. Gender and gendered research and innovation.
  10. International benchmarking of innovation: challenges and adequacy.
  11. Innovation, creativity and culture.

Papers accepted will be published in an open access proceedings book (including a doi number per paper). Editors of the journals “Research Evaluation” and “Science and Public Policy” will be on the lookout for thematic clusters of potential papers.


Submission Types

  1. Short paper: Submitted short papers should present original research contributions and will be refereed (max 3,000 words).
  2. Research in progress: Submitted work in progress reports should present on-going projects and activities and will be refereed. In contrast to full papers, work in progress reports can be more descriptive but should be contextualised in terms of policy-relevant questions and production of new indicators and datasets (max 1,500 words).
  3. Poster: Poster (max 1,000 words) with an abstract of the study.
  4. Special session: The Special Session Section of the STI 2016 conference will explore other ways of presenting and sharing experiences and ideas than traditional conference instruments. Special event sessions can take a variety of forms including:

– panels
– fishbowls
– roundtable discussions
– wildcard sessions
– demos/exhibitions, etc.


Submission proposals for 90 or 180 min. (maximum 2,000 words) should describe: (1) targets topic(s) and purpose(s), (2) activities (agenda), (3) anticipated participants, and (4) include information about the organizers. We encourage participation in all STI areas, especially in fresh and new topics around the conference areas detailed in the CFP. Proposed Sessions for Special Sessions will be reviewed by the STI 2016 program board focusing on novelty, quality, organization, addressed audience, and purpose.