Monthly Archives: July 2017

The Science of Academic Success

I just came across this beautiful website on which Northeastern University’s Barabasi Lab created an interactive visualization of Roberta Sinatra and colleagues’ paper “Quantifying the Evolution of Individual Scientific Impact”. The paper argues that scientists’ most impactful publications (as measured by citations) could occur at any point in their career. The authors base their argument on a large-scale bibliographic dataset containing publications of more than 10,000 scientists in different disciplines.





The visualization looks like a life-line for an individual scientist’s work (picture on the left) or an ocean with wave peaks and valleys for whole disciplines (picture on the right). It is striking how the overall disciplinary patterns look very similar – at least when they are corrected for absolute citation counts. The authors found that impact is randomly distributed within a scientist’s career. So, if you haven’t published an impactful paper yet, don’t give up – it might just be the next one.

Find the article here: Sinatra, R., Wang, D., Deville, P., Song, C., & Barabási, A. L. (2016). Quantifying the evolution of individual scientific impact. Science, 354(6312), aaf5239.

Pictures are screenshots from the website:

There’s also a short clip about the project on youtube:

Workshop: Quantitative Methods in Higher Education Research

The LEAD Graduate School & Research Network at Eberhard Karls University Tübingen (Nicole Tieben) and the Division of Empirical Educational and Higher Education Research at the Freie Universität Berlin (Martin Neugebauer) invite interested higher education researchers to apply for a two-day workshop in propensity score matching and event history modeling in higher education research.

The workshop takes place on 14-15 September 2017 at the Free University Berlin. The application deadline is July 27th, 2017. The workshop is funded by the BMBF. Visit the hompage for more information.