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Report on peer review practices in the SSH

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Reviewers should rate the objects of evaluation across a broad range of criteria rather than giving a holistic judgement. Also, the criteria should clearly differentiate between criteria for scientific quality and criteria concerning policy goals or relation to or impact on society. Furthermore, reviewing should be part of academic education. This is what Work Group 1 concludes in a report on peer review practices in the SSH.

New publication gives researchers from sub-Saharan Africa a voice in the impact debate

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Researchers in sub-Saharan Africa tend to conceptualize impact as a result. They understand impact as ‘ ‘a (generally) positive effect that contributes to change in the daily life of human kind.’ Impact of the social sciences and humanities is the least recognized as such, also by researchers from the social sciences and humanities. Taking into account these perspectives on impact is important for African and European funders when designing calls and evaluating projects. European researchers need to be aware of and respect these perspectives when collaborating with researchers from sub-Saharan Africa.

The full paper is advance access available (login required): Nelius Boshoff & Stefan de Jong (advance access). ‘Conceptualizing the societal impact of research in terms of elements of logic models: a survey of researchers in sub-Saharan Africa. ‘ In: Research Evaluation.

Privacy Notice

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In compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation by the EU, on this page we explain what data we collect as well as how we store and use it.

The explanation consists of the following topics:

Data controller
Who is concerned by this privacy policy
What information about you do we handle, why do we handle that information, what is the legal basis for those processings and for how long do we retain the information?
Use of service providers and transfer to third parties
How do we protect your personal data?
How long is the information retained for?
Your rights

Data controller

Your personal data are processed stored on the servers of on behalf of Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan. If you have any queries about the process or how we handle your information please contact us at:

Address: Wieniawskiego 1, 61-712 Poznań, Poland

Email: holomark[@]

Who is concerned by this privacy policy

Every COST Action participant and visitor of our website, people who use our services, e.g. who subscribe to our newsletter, as well as people who email us or chat with us.

What information about you do we handle, why do we handle that information, what is the legal basis for those processings and for how long do we retain the information?

On top of the personal data collected and processed by the COST Association in the framework of this COST Action, for which you can consult the privacy notice for e-COST,

As COST Action Participant,

Based on your consent (article 6.1.a) of the GDPR), we :

  • publish your contact details on the COST Action ENRESSH website and other communications tools or publications for communication purposes;
  • take and use pictures/videos where you appear taken or made during a meeting / an event of or related to the COST Action ENRESSH on the COST Action ENRESSH website and other communications tools or publications for communication purposes.

You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time by sending an email to[@] (the Science Communication manager). Withdrawing your consent means that the collected personal data will not be used any longer. However, use made of your data in the past remains valid.

When you register for newsletters :

Based on your consent (article 6.1.a) of the GDPR):

  • We collect and process your identification data (name, first name, title and email address) for registration and delivering of our newsletters. We use a service provider to deliver our newsletters.

You may unsubscribe from our newsletters at any time. We will not keep your data once you have unsubscribed.

Based on our legitimate interests or those of the COST Association (article 6.1.f of the GDPR).

  • When you register for newsletters, we gather statistics around email opening and clicks using industry standard technologies including clear gifs. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website.

When you email us, chat with us or otherwise contact us:

We process your contact details, when required, in order to provide you with the requested support. This data processing is based on your consent (article 6.1.a of the GDPR).

When you register for events:

Based on your consent (article 6.1.a) of the GDPR):

When you register for events, we collect your identification data (name, first name, title, email address, and phone numbers) and professional data (position and institution).

When you register for events, we also ask you

  • whether you have special dietary requirements or other specific needs. Those data are collected for the organisation of the event.

We do not keep your dietary requirements or other mentioned specific needs for longer than the event.

  • whether you are in agreement with us:
    • including your contact details in the list of participants to the event that is made available on the COST Action website / to all participants for networking purposes;
    • taking and using pictures during the event for promotional and information purposes.

Not providing your consent for taking pictures is without impact on your participation to events, workshops or webinars.

The data we collect are kept as long as you do not oppose to it.

 When you contact us to make use of your data subject rights:

We process your contact details and the proof of your identity you send us in order to address your request.  We can also depending on your request process other personal data we have collected also in order to address your request.

This data processing is for compliance with legal obligations to which we are subject (article 6.1.c of the GDPR).

Use of service providers and transfer to third parties

We do have recourse to service providers to deliver our newsletters.

Those service providers otherwise referred to as data processors are third parties who provide elements of support to us. We have contracts in place with our data processors. They cannot do anything with your personal information unless we have instructed them to do it. They will not share your personal information with any organisation apart from us. They will hold it securely and retain it for the period we instruct.

We do not transfer any of your data collected as mentioned above to any third party for commercial purposes.

How do we protect your personal data?

Your personal data are handled in full confidentiality. We make all necessary effort to take technical and organisational measures that might be required so as to ensure security of your personal data.

How long is the information retained for?

To be defined by (institution who maintains the website) for data processing which do not mention it already.

If we speak of emails and newsletters, it should be no longer than required to answer the demand.

Action website and its content is maintained for a minimum 2 years after the end of the Action and will expire on July 11 2022.

Your rights

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (GDPR), you have rights as an individual which you can exercise in relation to the information we hold about you:

  • right to request from us access to and rectification of your personal data;
  • right to request erasure of your data (right to be forgotten) in the cases foreseen by article 17 of the GDPR ;
  • right to obtain from us restriction of processing where there is contestation about the data processing for a period enabling to solve the issue;
  • right to data portability;
  • where the processing of your personal data is based on your consent, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time. Withdrawing your consent means that we will not make use of your data any longer, including pictures. However, use made of your data in the past remains valid.

Your right to object

You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time to processing of your personal data which is based on Article 6(1), (f) of the GDPR (our legitimate purposes) as mentioned above.

To exercise those rights, please send us an email to[@] together with a proof of your identity or write us to the following address:

T.A.V. Stefan de Jong
Langegracht 70 (PLNT Leiden)
2312 NV Leiden
The Netherlands

Please note that you always have the right to lodge a complaint with the Supervisory authority of the EU country of your choice.

Second call for STSMs in Grant period 4 published

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The second call for STSMS in Grant period 4 is published. The call includes 5 STSMS and the topics are:

  1. Topic 1.1: Who and What Fails Credibility of Research Assessment? Reflections on Public Discourse, Expert Knowledge, and Democracy(WG1)
  2. Topic 1.2: Data Citation (WG1)
  3. Topic 3.4: Identifying of and publishing in questionable social sciences and humanities (SSH) journals (WP3)
  4. Topic 4.1 Drivers and barriers in achieving impact in impact on policy from and by European SSH projects (WG4)
  5. Topic SIG ECI:Between a rock and a hard place: career demands versus good research for early career investigators (SIG ECI); two vacancies

More information on STSMS can be found here. The call can be downloaded here..

In Memory of Judit Bar-Ilan

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In Memoriam

Prof. Judit Bar-Ilan

1958 – 2019

Prof. Judit Bar-Ilan









In July 2019 the scientometric community lost one of its outstanding scholars, Prof. Judit Bar-Ilan. Judit was a leading professor at the Department of Information Science of Bar-Ilan University in Israel, having chaired the department from 2008-2012. Recently, she was academic head of MALMAD, the Israeli Inter-University Center for Digital Information Services.

Judit received her doctorate in computer science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and started her research in information science in the mid-1990s at the School of Library, Archive and Information Studies (Hebrew University of Jerusalem). She moved to the Department of Information Science at Bar-Ilan University in 2002, where I met her almost immediately, as the pre-award manager of the university research support office.

Judit was scientifically prolific in many sub topics of our field. Her academic input could be felt in citation analysis, informetrics, information retrieval,  ‘altmetrics’, research assessment, internet research, information behavior, search engines, usability and more. She was, finally, the Editor-in-Chief and founder of the international Open-Access journal “The Journal of Altmetrics”.

She received numerous competitive research grants and awards, and sat on more program committees and editorial boards than I can count. For her outstanding contributions, she received the Derek de Solla Price Memorial Medal of the journal Scientometrics in 2017, and the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) awarded Judit the 2018 ASIS&T Research in Information Science Award for her significant impact in the field. These awards, so rightfully deserved, highlight her academic life and work and acknowledge her outstanding contributions to Information Science, and in particular, to the field of scientometrics.

As many colleagues have noted these past few weeks, “Judit was such a nice person and a truly great scholar”. See this page for personal reflections –  .

On a very personal note, Judit was my PhD supervisor, having also studied under Prof. Sara Fine (who died prematurely as well). She was no less than a brilliant scholar, driven by curiosity, with an eye for detail unmatched by other lecturers during my studies. She was a true academic giant in her field, a methodical researcher, kind but firm, and a true inspiration to her peers and students. I learned a tremendous amount from her, also watching her interact with peers at conferences.

Judit is already missed by her many students and peers, world-wide, who either worked with her, studied under her, or read her work in her 200+ published articles.

May her memory be for a blessing.

Dr. Eric Zimmerman



I had learned about Judit’s passing yesterday and immediately felt shocked and saddened.  However, I feel glad to have spent some lovely moments with her at the last ISSI conference in China (we visited some Wuhan sites together) when she won the Derek de Solla Price award, and at other venues including ENRESSH meetings.  She was such a positive and highly contributive person in our profession and will be greatly missed.

Dr. Alesia Zuccala

I am utterly dumbfounded. Judit was such a nice person and a truly great scholar. She brought a lot to ENRESSH. We interacted a lot when she applied to join, but my fondest memories are the wonderful round table at the Antwerp ENRESSH/RESSH conference where her insights into books and the SSH were so powerful. She will be sorely missed, but remembered with much fondness. She will live on in all she brought to the fields in which she worked.

Prof. Geoffrey Williams

Passing of Professor Judit Bar-Ilan

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Prof. Judit Bar-Ilan










With great sadness we inform you of the death of a dear member, Prof. Judit Bar-Ilan. Her untimely death came as a sudden shock to those of us who knew her. ENRESSH is grateful for her valuable contributions to our network. We have published an In Memoriam for Judit by Eric Zimmerman. If you would like to include a testimonial, please contact Stefan de Jong.