Thomson Reuters And The University Of Queensland To Host Bibliometrics Conference On Research Evalua

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Thomson Reuters and the University of Queensland To Host Bibliometrics Conference

on Research Evaluation in Brisbane

SYDNEY, Mar. 5 /PRNewswire-Asia-AsiaNet/ --

Conference Will Focus On Metrics-Based Research Evaluation And Research Excellence 

    The Healthcare and Science business of Thomson Reuters today announced an upcoming

international bibliometrics conference on research evaluation, jointly organised with The

University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane from April 16-17. The conference will address issues

and challenges of metrics-based research evaluation. 

    National and institutional perspectives will be presented by a distinguished panel of

international and Australian speakers in the field of higher education research, including:  

    -- Professor Liu Niancai, Director of the Center for World-Class 

       Universities and the Dean of the Graduate School of Education, 

       Shanghai Jiao Tong University. An online publication of his group" The 

       Academic Ranking of World Universities" has gained international 


    -- Professor Charles Oppenheim, Loughborough University, and Advisor to        the Higher

Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) on the 

       Research Excellence Framework (REF) implementation in the UK. 

    -- Associate Professor Robert Tijssen, CWTS, Leiden University, a leading 

       world centre for bibliometrics research. 

    -- Andrew Calder, Director of Research Evaluation Branch, Australian 

       Research Council (ARC). 

    -- Warren Smart, Senior Research Analyst, Ministry of Education, New 


    Additional discussions will address the role of university libraries in supporting research

evaluation and the practical aspects of integrating publication management systems. Associate

Professor Robert Tijssen will lead an extended session on measuring research excellence.

    Mr. Jeroen Prinsen, Sales Director of Australia and New Zealand, Thomson Reuters, said,

"We are extremely pleased to host this bibliometrics conference together with a leading

research institution such as The University of Queensland, and to welcome so many

distinguished speakers from the field of research evaluation.  As the leading global provider of

authoritative information to research and academic communities, we are committed to

supporting their research efforts and ensuring the integrity of our information in research

evaluation. Methodological consistency is the key to maintaining statistical validity, particularly in

research evaluation. In these challenging times, it is even more important for the Australian and

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New Zealand academic and research communities to continue developing their performance

and world-class evaluation standards in order to advance research and innovation."

    Professor Paul Greenfield, UQ Vice-Chancellor, said: "The conference is well-timed, given

that national systems in the UK, Australia and New Zealand are changing focus from peer

review to predominantly metrics-based approaches. Measuring research excellence and impact

is complex. It may extend beyond the researcher's field, and in many cases the outcomes and

the benefits for broader society are not immediate or readily visible. UQ has a strong interest in

developing rigorous systems to measure research excellence, so we are pleased to work with

Thomson Reuters to bring together distinguished international and Australian speakers to share

their experiences and perspectives on research evaluation." 


    The conference will be held at the UQ Queensland Brain Institute Auditorium.

    Conference abstracts and podcasts of speakers' presentations will be available to delegates

shortly after the conference. For information on the conference programme, visit

    About Thomson Reuters

    Thomson Reuters is the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and

professionals.  We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical

information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, scientific,

healthcare and media markets, powered by the world's most trusted news organization. With

headquarters in New York and major operations in London and Eagan, Minnesota, Thomson

Reuters employs more than 50,000 people in 93 countries. For more information, go to .      

    About The University of Queensland 

    UQ strives to achieve excellence in research and scholarship and to make a significant

contribution to intellectual, cultural, social, and economic life at the local, national, and

international levels. UQ is highly successful in attracting competitive research funding, receiving

$28.7 million for 71 new research projects in the 2008 Australian Research Council Discovery

Projects scheme. This scheme supports excellent fundamental research. The University has

more than 3,600 research higher degree candidates, and graduated more than 500 PhD

candidates in 2008.  Visit 


     Pamela Lim

     Manager, PR & Communications 

     Healthcare and Science

     Tel:   +65-6411-6737


SOURCE:  Thomson Reuters

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