The EC3 Research Group (Quantitative Studies of Scientific Communication) aims at understanding and improving the evaluation processes of science and the behavioural patterns scientists exhibit. To do so, we study researchers’ outputs (mainly scientific publications) and apply mostly, but not exclusively, quantitative bibliometric procedures and techniques.
Our work and the outcomes we generate, are situated in the so-called Ex-post evaluation of science, that which is carried out to measure the quality, orientation, dissemination, and impact of its results, with the ultimate aim of providing a set of indicators that help in the management of a country’s science policy.
History of the Group
The EC3 Research Group was funded in 2005 by Evaristo Jiménez-Contreras, Rafael Ruiz and Emilio Delgado López-Cózar. They were the creators of the Impact Indexes for both Spanish Social Science Journals (IN-RECS and IN-RECJ) and Spanish Medical journals. Since then, the research group created different platforms aiming at quantifying the impact of national journals (RESH CIRC-Clasificación Integrada de Revistas Científicas), universities (MetaRanking y Rankings I-UGR), researchers (DNA, _CIENTIFICA, HIndex Scholar and Gender Indicators for Social Sciences and Juridic female researchers), and scientific data sources (Google Scholar Digest, Bi-Publishers). Since 2013 the group also does consultancy on evaluation and communication, through the EC3Metrics spin-off.