Overcoming the divide in SSTI: a mixed method and multi-level analysis of internationalisation in South American biomedical research

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Overcoming the divide in SSTI: a mixed method and multi-level analysis of internationalisation in South American biomedical research

Type: Article in monograph or in proceedings
Title: Overcoming the divide in SSTI: a mixed method and multi-level analysis of internationalisation in South American biomedical research
Author: Liscovsky Barrera R.
Journal Title: STI 2018 Conference Proceedings
Start Page: 143
End Page: 150
Publisher: Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS)
Issue Date: 2018-09-11
Keywords: Scientometrics
Abstract: In socially distributed models of knowledge production (Mode 2), internationalisation plays a major role in the production of scientific knowledge (Gibbons et al., 1994). Although there exist profound disputes over the historical and conceptual accurateness of this model (Etzkowitz and Leydesdroff, 2000; Pestre, 2003), the increasing intensity and heterogeneity of international collaboration, a key component of internationalisation strategies, is a major point of agreement among scholars. Disagreement, however, still revolves around the methods that can be used to study internationalisation dynamics; whether they should be based on qualitative or quantitative techniques. The recent debate on the responsible use of scientometrics in research evaluation, I argue, could help shed some light into the use of scientometrics in the social study of science, technology and innovation (SSTI). More specifically, by arguing in favour of developing a multi-level analysis and a mixed method approach, I show how the study of international scientific collaboration offers an ideal setting where both qualitative and quantitative traditions can start a dialogue. This requires, nevertheless, understanding first the ontological and epistemological basis of scientometric indicators and the implications of its use in the social study of science.
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/65269
 

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