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Special Session
Special Session on
Experiences with an Observatorium of Science in Society: the SiSOB Approach
 - EOSS-SiSOB 2013

19 - 22 October, 2013 - Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal

Within the International Conference on Knowledge Management and Information Sharing - KMIS 2013


The SiSOB project (funded in EU FP7, CP n°266588 http://sisob.lcc.uma.es/) aims at developing innovative techniques for exploring and assessing the impact of Science on Society. The name SiSOB stands for "An Observatorium for Science in Society based in Social Models". The main goal of the project is to devise new models and analysis techniques for evaluating the social impact of science.

The traditional assessment of research is done in two stages: (1) ex ante evaluation, which relies mainly on peer review, and (2) ex post evaluation, based on bibliometric indicators. However, methods for assessing the impact in the society at large and for transfer effects beyond the area of science are largely missing. The tools, which are being developed in the SiSOB Project, are designed to measure the social impact of research and, in particular, to explore how knowledge permeates society and how, in turn, the society appropriates it.

The aims of this special session are: (i) to share with the community the results and experiences studying the role of Science in Society taking into account social aspects; (ii) to collect the feedback from the scienciometric and infometric community.


Beatriz Barros
University of Malaga



The broad focus of the special session is on how science reaches and permeates the society, on collaboration and communication in science and technology, on science policy and quantitative aspects of science in society, aiming at a combination and integration of qualitative and quantitative approaches to study and model the role of science in society.

The special session aims to show results from the SiSOB project and to connect these with other results and practices related with science production and dissemination, and provide input to institutional, regional, national and international research and innovation policy making.

The following themes indicate typical areas of interest (non-exclusive list):

• Bibliometric indicators with social aspects
• Visualization of case studies
• Knowledge sharing and researcher mobility
• Peer reviewing practices (e.g. studies of bias in reviewing)
• Formal (predictive) models of knowledge evolution and sharing in scientific communities
• Good practices in science dissemination in society
• Collaboration and network analysis
• Data sources for science dissemination: databases, social networks, blogs, webpages…
• Science in the intra-scientific perspective vs. science in the societal perspective



Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at: Paper Templates
Please also check the Guidelines and Templates.
Papers should be submitted electronically via the web-based submission system at: http://www.insticc.org/Primoris


All accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on CD-ROM support - and submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI), INSPEC, DBLP, EI (Elsevier Index) and Scopus.
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef (http://www.crossref.org/).
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library


KMIS Special Sessions - EOSS-SiSOB 2013
e-mail: kmis.secretariat@insticc.org