The National Documentation Centre (EKT) based on its statutory role for the collection, organization and distribution of scientific information is efficiently using large volumes of documented data, expertise of human resources and modern technical infrastructures to undertake activites related with mapping research activity in Greece. Along with other activities, EKT establishes periodical studies, reports on scientific indicators related to scientific publications (bibliometrics), research activity (scientometrics), the use of informational web data and resources (webometrics) and runs the Current Research Information Systems (CRIS).
EKT' s study series is carried out periodically to produce established and reliable indicators in research which can be used to demostrate research activity at a country level. Since indicators in research are an essential tool for mapping the wider research environment, the evaluation of research results and formation of new policies for research, technology and innovation, discussion about research indicators lies at the center of the international public dialogue for research today.
Scientific publications -means for distribution of research results in scientific community- are the main resources used when mapping and evaluating research actiivity. EKT carries out a detailed study which records and systematically proccesses data on scientific publications issued by key institutional bodies and organizations in Greece. The study series ‘Greek Scientific Publications: a Bibliometric Analysis of Greek Publications in International Scientific Journals’ aims to identify the basic characteristics of Greek scientific output during the periods 1993-2008 and 1996- 2010 and to explore Greece’s position in the international scientific landscape. It is the first time that a study series of this scale maps Greek research activity across all disciplines and scientific fields, institutions and public bodies, individual researchers, research teams etc.The study:
Reveals the characteristics of Greek scientific publications
Defines trends and tendencies in research activity at the level of institutions and fields
Estimates the impact of scientific output
Identifies national and multinational networks across scientific fields
The National Documentation Centre follows a distinct methodological approach, applies advanced validation techniques and develops the software required for the procession and analysis of data. Until today, the study covers the periods: 1993-2008 and 1996-2010. Data for these editions was drawn from the databases of the Web of Science (Thomson Reuters). An edition based on data from Scopus Database (Elsevier) is currently in progress. At a national and international level, a variety of public bodies, research institutions, universities and policy makers have used these studies as a point of reference for future decisions, actions and policy making.