Current projects


Joint project MeWiKo - Media and scientific communication

The project describes and quantifies the effect of external science communication on the impact of scientific publications. The project investigates the influence of external science communication, especially the distribution of scientific content via journalistic media (i.e. high-circulation national daily press) and social media (i.e. Twitter, blogs), on the citation rate and Altmetrics of publications. For this purpose, so-called embargo e-mails and press releases will be used as a database.

In this CAU subproject, one focus is on user-generated content and experiments. In concrete terms, the following research work will be carried out:
  • Analysis of occurrence and evaluation potential of different social media platforms for user-generated content.
  • Data collection of user-generated content for publications and other data.
  • Content analysis of user-generated content for publications and further statistical evaluation of the content analysis.
  • Preparation and execution of the experimental verification of the previous results, in close coordination with the other partners.
  • Pretesting or formative and summative evaluation to the previous results.
  • Evaluation of the prototype with support and implementation in evaluating the prototypes of the other partners.
  • Evaluation and synthesis of the project results and three annual project reports.

MeWiKo-CAU does not pursue any economic purpose, so that there is no direct economic exploitation. However, the results will be scientifically exploited. MeWiKo will evaluate the influences on the structural units of the scientific system and present them transparently. In addition, data sources that have not yet been established (i.e. Altmetrics and external science communication) for quantitative science research will be opened up, made usable and classified in the bibliometric method spectrum.

The results or interim results are to be presented at workshops, for example at the Human and Computer Conference (, at the OA Days ( or other appropriate conference and workshop series.
The results of MeWiKo-CAU are to be published, primarily in open access formats. In addition to the conferences and workshops mentioned above (which include peer review), journal publications, for example in the journal "Information - Wissenschaft und Praxis (IWP)" ( or ( are also planned.

Finally, a transfer to teaching should also take place. Due to the institutional connection of MeWiKo-CAU to the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel by the project manager, results will be partially treated in lectures or discussed in depth in seminars. This is to ensure that current research results are quickly accessible to the public.

Project partners

  • Prof. Dr. Isabella Peters, ZBW – Leibniz Information Center Economy (ZBW)
  • Dr. Meik Bittkowski, Science Media Center (SMC)
  • Dr. Athanasios Mazarakis, Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel (CAU)
  • Dr. Cornelius Puschmann, Hans-Bredow-Institute (HBI)
  • Dr. des. Christian Zinke, Competence Center Digital Service Systems, Institute for Applied Computer Science (IAI), University of Leipzig


Project duration

01.10.2018 - 30.09.2021


Funded by



Medicine has a high affinity for quantitative methods of performance assessment and the use of these metrics for decision, control and evaluation processes. This becomes visible in many places (LOM, DRG, JIFs in assessment procedures, etc.); in the context of this project, procedures for measuring research performance are of primary interest.

QuaMedFo-ZBW is dedicated to the systematic quantitative and content-related investigation of a comprehensive sample of medical literature and topics. By means of biblio- and altmetric studies, sentiment analysis, content analysis and longitudinal comparisons, the degree of coverage of the medical literature on the different publication platforms, the intensity and emotionality of the interaction with it as well as the interaction between citations and altmetrics or mentions on other platforms are examined. Four groups of addressees will be considered in order to be able to reflect the societal impact in a differentiated way:

  1. medical audience, via publication and discussion platforms like PubPeer
  2. scientific audience, about Mendeley
  3. interested specialized public, over national press and further technical periodicals, e.g. FAZ
  4. general audience, via e.g. Twitter.

The goal of the module is to comprehensively review the potential and robustness of Altmetrics for relevance and performance measurement as well as complementary quality assessment of medical research and to place it in a holistic framework alongside other forms of evaluation.

Project partners

  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Herrmann-Lingen, Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Medicine Göttingen
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Hornbostel: German Center for Higher Education and Science Research GmbH (DZHW), Berlin site, Department 2, Research System and Science Dynamics
  • Dr. Dietrich Nelle, German National Library of Medicine ZB MED - Life Sciences Information Center


Project duration

01.01.2019 - 31.12.2022

Funded by





The project describes the transformation process from traditional to Open Access (OA) publishing from a bibliometric view, and analyses existing (and potentially future) publication strategies and conflicts in connection with OA.

Structural and author-specific factors influencing the impact of OA publications in the Social Sciences, Economics and selected Natural Sciences will be investigated systematically, longitudinally and comprehensively. Traditional and altmetric indicators will verify the validity of the most established theses on OA. We will focus on the most relevant theses and influencing factors discussed in the literature, and attempt to validate the theses, quantify the effects, discover causal relationships and answer novel questions. We therefore ask: where does the “genuine” OA-effect lie (i.e. in terms of increased citations/altmetrics due to increased accessibility), and to what extent is it related to different combinations of structural and author-specific properties?

The study will be based on approx. 1.38 million articles from approx. 700 Gold OA scientific journals. These articles will be aggregated into three work packages, e.g. on the level of authors, and analysis in terms of bibliometrics and altmetrics. In addition, we will carry out quantitative surveys and interviews with authors who have published/cited/shared OA articles, to validate the results of the bibliometric and altmetric studies, and to gain deeper insights into, probably discipline specific, OA publication and citation behaviour of authors. These findings will flow into a model of the transdisciplinary and discipline-specific causal relationships. The three work packages are divided into analyses of the structural properties of OA publications (WP1), of author-specific properties (WP2), and author surveys (WP3), and will finally be summarised in a “Lessons Learned” report from the OASE project.

Project partner


Project duration

01.03.2018 - 28.02.2021


Funded by



Transdisciplinary research on the disposal of highly radioactive waste in Germany. Research to improve the quality and robustness of the socio-technical design of the disposal path (TRANSENS)

Project Partners

Partners: Öko-Institut e.V. Darmstadt, FU Berlin, Forschungszentrum für Umweltpolitik, risicare GmbH, Zürich, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Institut für Werkstoffkunde, TU Berlin, Fachgebiet Wirtschafts- und Infrastrukturpolitik, Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse, Karlsruhe , ETH Zürich, Transdisziplinaritäts-Laboratorium des Departments Umweltsystemwissenschaften, TU Braunschweig, Institut für Baustoffe, Massivbau und Brandschutz, TU Clausthal, Lehrstuhl für Deponietechnik und Geomechanik, Institut für Nukleare Entsorgung, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Lehrstuhl für Philosophie und Ethik der Umwelt, TU Clausthal, Institut für Endlagerforschung, TU Braunschweig, Institut für Grundbau und Bodenmechanik Universität Kassel, Fachgebiet Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Institut für Radioökologie und Strahlenschutz (LUH-IRS)

Funded by: BMWi

(10/2019 – 09/2024)

Involved in TAP Dipro: Dialogues and process design in interaction of law, justice and governance