Leiden University hosted the Gender Inequalities in Science workshop in October 2019 - organized by CWTS and Elsevier’s International Center for the Study of Research - where researchers from around the world discussed the gender gap in science and possible ways to counter this problem.
Last September we organised the first research retreat at CWTS. Away from our normal workplace and usual thinking patterns we spent two days full of pitches, workshops, presentations, and fun of course. One special element of the research retreat was the so-called "quackathon".
Literature review can be tedious and often involves manually checking a paper's references. Two recent web apps, Local Citation Network and Citation Gecko, aid this process by constructing and visualizing citation networks that help to identify the most influential papers in a given topic or field.
Assigning publications to research fields can be a challenge. While the demarcation of fields can be supported by algorithms, labeling fields properly requires to know what holds them together. I investigated this problem and discovered interesting reasons for publications to form a research field.