RefResh 2020

2nd Workshop on Reframing Research (@ SocInfo 2020)
6 Oct. 2020, Pisa, Italy

Over the last decade, research scaled up tremendously in terms of publications, research data, authors, contributing institutions, projects, and funding opportunities. Nowadays scientific progress, with its estimated 150 million literature corpus, an annual increase rate of around 1.5 million publications, and as many (open) research data, promoted research to a multifaceted, high-frequency, global-scale phenomenon that can be approached computationally thanks to the vast amount of data available.

It is therefore of paramount importance to study such an articulated, evolving system in order to understand its dynamics, patterns, internal equilibria, and interactions among the diverse scientific actors and entities. In particular, recent studies have proved that a holistic study of research as a complex phenomenon inserted in a delicate socioeconomic and geopolitical context, rather than as an isolated, context-unaware system, can provide a deeper understanding on how research and researchers influence and are influenced by the world outside academia. An analysis as such can provide answers to socio-economic questions, frame academic research on a geopolitical canvas, provide insight on the factors that generate successful science, allocate better the available resources, and therefore benefit from greater impact and efficacy.

Workshop goal

The main objective of the proposed workshop is to bring together researchers from both quantitative and qualitative studies, practitioners and policy-makers working in the field of academic research, scholarly communication, and knowledge production in order to reframe research in relation to the underlying socioeconomic and geopolitical canvas.

In particular, we intend to encourage interdisciplinary analysis that considers research as a complex system that influences and is influenced by society, economics, culture, and politics. This would include (computational) analysis of academic social networks and interactions among different communities, exploration of factors influencing or preventing scientific collaboration and knowledge dissemination, exploration of trends, polarisations and biases in research, methodologies, indicators and measures for assessing research impact on society and industry, policies and practices fostering better scientific progress, and so on.


  • Mutual influence of research, politics, and society
  • The societal impact of research
  • Research equality, fair opportunities and access to funding streams
  • Gender, racial, geographical trends and biases
  • Analysis of researchers mobility and careers trajectories
  • Predatory publishing and bogus conferences
  • Misrepresentation of science and public opinion mining
  • Research and fake (scientific) news
  • Acceleration of scientific progress
  • Structure and evolution of research
  • Evolution and diffusion of research concepts across research areas
  • Impact of interdisciplinary research
  • Analysis of patterns and trends in academia
  • Application and analysis of the FAIR data principles
  • Impact of Open Access and Open Science mandates
  • Policymaking and strategic decisions for research
  • Traditional publishing caveat, critiques and alternative models
  • Novel peer review practices

Call for Extended Abstracts

Important dates

15 August 2020 22 August 2020 (23.59 Anywhere on Earth): Extendend abstracts submission
31 August 2020 5 September 2020: Notification of acceptance
1 October 2020: Registration deadline (Authors are required to register to SocInfo as described here!)
16 October 2020: Camera-ready papers for Zenodo (optionally extend up to 6 pages all-included)

Submission guidelines

RefResh 2020 looks for extended abstracts around the listed topics summarising the work to be presented.
We encourage researchers to also submit abstracts of work that has already been published and/or submit work in progress.
Submissions have to be up to 3 pages (in English) including references, pictures and tables in Springer LNCS format.
Extended abstracts should be submitted as pdf files through EasyChair conference management system here.

The submissions will be evaluated according to their significance, originality, technical content, style, clarity, and relevance to the workshop.
Please give a sufficiently detailed description of your work and your methods so we can adequately assess its relevance.
Please consider that reviewers will be from an interdisciplinary community.
RefResh also supports the Linked Research principles; we applaud authors having care to consider them when preparing their papers.

It is our intention to publish the accepted abstracts on this website and as a Open Access post-print collection on Zenodo.

For any other question, feel free to contact us at


RefResh 2020 is a co-located event of the 12th International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo 2020), 6-9 October, 2020, Pisa, Italy. The workshop will take place on the 6th of October.

Welcome + introduction

Venue: Zoom (link will be provided by SocInfo organisers on October the 5th).


Speaker: Prof. Ludo Waltman
Title: Reframing research: The need for openness, pluralism, and humility in science studies research


Coffee break

Session 1

10:15 - 10:30 "Modeling and analysis of migration and mobility among scholars using bibliometric data"
Samin Aref, Andrea Miranda-Gonzalez, Alexander Subbotin, Tom Theile, Emilio Zagheni and Jevin West

10:30 - 10:45 "Scholarly Technology and the Fallacy of Profitability"
Luc Boruta and Damien Vannson

10:45 - 11:00 "Metadata Inheritance: New Research Paper, New Data, New Metadata?"
Tobias Weber

Coffee break

Session 2

11:15 - 11:30 "Matthew Effects in Open Science and RRI"
Thomas Klebel, Ilaria Fava and Tony Ross-Hellauer

11:30 - 11:45 "In Search of Outstanding Research Advances - Exploring Editorial Recommendations "
Jasmin Sadat and Alexis-Michel Mugabushaka

11:45 - 12:00 "Scientific production by universities"
Angelika Tsivinskaya

12:00 - 12:15 "A Visual Analytics Environment for Developing Data Quality-aware Performance Models"
Marco Angelini and Cinzia Daraio


Workshop organisation

Workshop Chairs

Andrea Mannocci

Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione (ISTI)
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)
Pisa, Italy

Francesco Osborne

Knowledge Media Institute
The Open University
Milton Keynes, UK

Paolo Manghi

Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione (ISTI)
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)
Pisa, Italy

Program committee

  • Vincent Traag (CWTS, Leiden University, NL 🇳🇱)
  • Pedro Principe (University of Minho, PT 🇵🇹)
  • Ginny Hendricks (CrossRef, UK 🇬🇧)
  • Thanasis Vergoulis (Athena Research Center, Athens, EL 🇬🇷)
  • Giovanni Colavizza (CWTS, Leiden University, NL 🇳🇱)
  • Jodi Schneider (University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, US 🇺🇸)
  • Angelo Salatino (Knowledge Media Institute, Open University, UK 🇬🇧)
  • Leonardo Candela (ISTI-CNR, IT 🇮🇹)
  • Patricia Feeney (CrossRef, UK 🇬🇧)
  • Marilena Daquino (University of Bologna, IT 🇮🇹)
  • Cameron Neylon (Centre for Culture and Technology, Curtin University, AU 🇦🇺)
  • Sahar Vahdati (University of Oxford, UK 🇬🇧)