Determinants and career effects of scientists' international mobility (SciMo)

Start of the project: 01-Mar-2016 - End of the project: 30-Apr-2019

The SciMo project aims to identify factors that influence researchers' international mobility, and the positive or negative effects international mobility has on their careers. It also focuses on the issue of how far possible career effects of different types of international mobility depend on physically crossing borders or whether they can be substituted by forms of virtual mobility.

The study's theoretical framework is derived from sociological life course research. Elements of related theories are integrated into this framework in order to identify mechanisms that can explain the predictions of the life course perspective in detail.

The study uses a multi-method approach: first, we conduct a literature review and a document analysis to clarify core terminology and to systematise existing research. Next, we carry out statistical analyses of national and international survey data. These analyses are supplemented with bibliometric analyses and CV analyses. To validate the findings, we carry out a factorial survey with members of appointments and selection committees at higher education institutions and funding organisations. We aim to fill any remaining information gaps by qualitative interviews, which will be explorative initially and hypothesis-based in the course of the study.

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Publications

Transfer of formal knowledge through international scientific mobility - introduction of a network-based bibliometric method.

Aman, V. (2018).
Transfer of formal knowledge through international scientific mobility - introduction of a network-based bibliometric method. In STI 2018 Conference Proceedings (S.545-552). Leiden, The Netherlands: Leiden University.
ISBN 978-90-9031204-0

Does the Scopus author ID suffice to track scientific international mobility? A case study based on Leibniz laureates.

Aman, V. (2018).
Does the Scopus author ID suffice to track scientific international mobility? A case study based on Leibniz laureates. Scientometrics, Volume 117, Issue 2, 705-720.

A new bibliometric approach to measure knowledge transfer of internationally mobile scientists.

Aman, V. (2018).
A new bibliometric approach to measure knowledge transfer of internationally mobile scientists. Scientometrics, Volume 117, Issue 1, 227–247.
Abstract

This study introduces a new bibliometric approach to study the effects of international scientific mobility on knowledge transfer. It is based on an analysis of internationally mobile and non-internationally mobile German scientists publishing in journals that are indexed in Scopus. Using bibliometric data such co-authored articles, references and lexical abstract terms from the Scopus database, a method is presented that is based on cosine similarity to measure the similarity of the knowledge base of authors and their co-authors. This quantifiable method is capable of revealing potential knowledge transfer between internationally mobile scientists and different types of co-authors.

Auslandsaufenthalte und Karriere. Wer macht einen studienbezogenen Auslandsaufenthalt und welche Auswirkungen hat dies auf den Berufsweg?

Netz, N. (2018).
Auslandsaufenthalte und Karriere. Wer macht einen studienbezogenen Auslandsaufenthalt und welche Auswirkungen hat dies auf den Berufsweg? oead.news, 106, 22-23.

Explaining scientists' plans for international mobility from a life course perspective.

Netz, N., & Jaksztat, S. (2017).
Explaining scientists' plans for international mobility from a life course perspective. Research in Higher Education, 58(5), 497-519.
Presentations

Determinants and career effects of scientists’ international mobility (SciMo): Project design and selected results.

Netz, N., Aman, V., & Petzold, K. (2019, März).
Determinants and career effects of scientists’ international mobility (SciMo): Project design and selected results. Vortrag im DZHW-Forschungskolloquium, Berlin.

The strength of strong ties? Knowledge transfer processes in the context of scientists’ international mobility.

Liedtke, M., Aman, V., & Netz, N. (2019, Februar).
The strength of strong ties? Knowledge transfer processes in the context of scientists’ international mobility. Vortrag auf dem Workshop "Determinants and career effects of scientists’ international mobility: Final workshop of the SciMo project", DZHW, Hannover.

How does international mobility influence scientists’ knowledge base? Conventional and new bibliometric approaches.

Aman, V. (2019, Februar).
How does international mobility influence scientists’ knowledge base? Conventional and new bibliometric approaches. Vortrag auf dem Workshop "Determinants and career effects of scientists’ international mobility: Final workshop of the SciMo project", DZHW, Hannover.

Research on scientists’ international mobility: SciMo and beyond.

Netz, N., Aman, V., Hampel, S., & Liedtke, M. (2019, Februar).
Research on scientists’ international mobility: SciMo and beyond. Vortrag auf dem Workshop "Determinants and career effects of scientists’ international mobility: Final workshop of the SciMo project", DZHW, Hannover.

Explaining scientists’ plans for international mobility from a life course perspective.

Netz, N., & Jaksztat, S. (2019, Februar).
Explaining scientists’ plans for international mobility from a life course perspective. Vortrag auf dem Workshop "Determinants and career effects of scientists’ international mobility: Final workshop of the SciMo project", DZHW, Hannover.

How important are international experiences for becoming a tenured professor? Evidence from a factorial survey.

Netz, N., & Petzold, K. (2019, Februar).
How important are international experiences for becoming a tenured professor? Evidence from a factorial survey. Vortrag auf dem Workshop "Determinants and career effects of scientists’ international mobility: Final workshop of the SciMo project", DZHW, Hannover.

How important are international experiences for becoming a tenured professor? Evidence from a factorial survey.

Netz, N., & Petzold, K. (2018, Oktober).
How important are international experiences for becoming a tenured professor? Evidence from a factorial survey. Vortrag auf dem 2nd Interdisciplinary Workshop for Junior Educational Researchers hosted by CIDER & LERN, Leibniz-Gemeinschaft, Berlin.

Wissenschaftliche Karrieren ohne Grenzen? Zur Relevanz von Auslandserfahrungen beim Zugang zur Professur.

Netz, N., & Petzold, K. (2018, September).
Wissenschaftliche Karrieren ohne Grenzen? Zur Relevanz von Auslandserfahrungen beim Zugang zur Professur. Vortrag in der Session "Beschleunigungs- und Entgrenzungsdynamiken in der Wissenschaft" der DGS-Sektion Modellbildung und Simulation auf dem 39. DGS-Kongress, Universität Göttingen.

Welche Effekte hat internationale Mobilität auf die Karrieren von Wissenschaftler*innen? Ein systematisches Review.

Netz, N., Hampel, S., & Aman, V. (2018, September).
Welche Effekte hat internationale Mobilität auf die Karrieren von Wissenschaftler*innen? Ein systematisches Review. Vortrag in der Ad-hoc-Gruppe "Akademische Wege auf dem Prüfstand. Zum Nexus von sozialer und räumlicher Mobilität in der Wissenschaft" auf dem 39. DGS-Kongress, Universität Göttingen.

Transfer of formal knowledge through international scientific mobility – introduction of a network-based bibliometric method.

Aman, V. (2018, September).
Transfer of formal knowledge through international scientific mobility – introduction of a network-based bibliometric method. Vortrag auf der 23rd International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators (STI 2018): "Science, Technology and Innovation indicators in transition", Leiden, Niederlande.

Explaining scientists’ plans for international mobility from a life course perspective.

Netz, N., & Jaksztat, S. (2018, Mai).
Explaining scientists’ plans for international mobility from a life course perspective. Vortrag auf der Konferenz "Once on the move, always on the move? Mobility after Migration" der DGS-Sektion "Migration und ethnische Minderheiten", Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin.

Determinanten und Effekte von Wissenschaftlermobilität.

Netz, N. (2018, Februar).
Determinanten und Effekte von Wissenschaftlermobilität. Vortrag beim II. Hildesheimer Dialog "Going international - Internationalisierung und Mobilität in Wissenschaftskarrieren", Stiftung Universität Hildesheim.

Bibliometrische Methoden für das Studium des Einflusses internationaler Mobilität auf den Wissenstransfer.

Aman, V. (2017, Dezember).
Bibliometrische Methoden für das Studium des Einflusses internationaler Mobilität auf den Wissenstransfer. Vortrag im Forschungskolloquium „Technik -und Innovationsforschung“ an der TU Berlin.

Welche Effekte hat internationale Mobilität auf die Karrieren von Wissenschaftler*innen?

Netz, N. (2017, November).
Welche Effekte hat internationale Mobilität auf die Karrieren von Wissenschaftler*innen? Impulsreferat auf der Jahrestagung des Österreichischen Austauschdienstes (OeAD) "Internationale Mobilität und Qualität - Trends, Facetten, Herausforderungen", Universität Salzburg.

Measuring Knowledge Exchange of Internationally Mobile Scientists – A Bibliometric Approach based on Similarity.

Aman, V. (2017, Oktober).
Measuring Knowledge Exchange of Internationally Mobile Scientists – A Bibliometric Approach based on Similarity. Vortrag auf der 16th International Conference on Scientometrics&Informetrics (ISSI), Wuhan University, Wuhan, China.

Determinanten und Effekte von Wissenschaftlermobilität: Ausgewählte Studien des DZHW.

Netz, N. (2017, Oktober).
Determinanten und Effekte von Wissenschaftlermobilität: Ausgewählte Studien des DZHW. Vortrag in der DAAD-Wissenschaftswerkstatt, DAAD, Bonn.

Bibliometric Methods to Study International Mobility of Scientists and beyond.

Aman, V. (2017, September).
Bibliometric Methods to Study International Mobility of Scientists and beyond. Vortrag auf der RISIS Summer School Career Trajectories, Outputs and Success of Doctorate Holders, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin.

Does the Scopus author ID suffice to track scientific international mobility? A case study based on Leibniz laureates.

Aman, V. (2017, September).
Does the Scopus author ID suffice to track scientific international mobility? A case study based on Leibniz laureates. Vortrag auf der 22th Conference on Science, Technology & Innovation Indicators (STI 2017), ESIEE, Paris, Frankreich.

Explaining scientists' plans for international mobility from a life course perspective.

Jaksztat, S., & Netz, N. (2017, Juli).
Explaining scientists' plans for international mobility from a life course perspective. Vortrag auf der 7th Conference of the European Survey Research Association (ESRA), School of Economics & Management, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal.

Einfluss der internationalen Mobilität von Wissenschaftlern auf den Wissensaustausch.

Aman, V. (2017, Mai).
Einfluss der internationalen Mobilität von Wissenschaftlern auf den Wissensaustausch. Vortrag im "Organisationssoziologischen Kolloquium" an der TU Berlin.

To what extent does international mobility of scientists foster knowledge transfer?

Aman, V. (2017, April).
To what extent does international mobility of scientists foster knowledge transfer? Vortrag beim 2017 AAG Annual Meeting, Association of American Geographers, Boston, USA.

Explaining scientists' plans for international mobility from a life course perspective.

Netz, N., & Jaksztat, S. (2017, März).
Explaining scientists' plans for international mobility from a life course perspective. Vortrag auf der 12. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Hochschulforschung, DZHW/Leibniz Universität, Hannover.

International mobility, cognitive mobility, and effects on academic careers.

Aman, V. (2016, September).
International mobility, cognitive mobility, and effects on academic careers. Vortrag auf dem Workshop "Careers and Knowledge Production" an der TU Berlin.

Explaining scientists' plans for international mobility from a life course perspective.

Netz, N., & Jaksztat, S. (2016, September).
Explaining scientists' plans for international mobility from a life course perspective. Vortrag auf der DZHW Summer School in Higher Education Research and Science Studies, Leibniz Universität Hannover.
Conferences

Determinants and career effects of scientists’ international mobility: Final workshop of the SciMo project.

Netz, N., Hampel, S., Liedtke, M., & Aman, V. (2019, Februar).
Determinants and career effects of scientists’ international mobility: Final workshop of the SciMo project. Organisation des Workshops "Determinants and career effects of scientists’ international mobility: Final workshop of the SciMo project". DZHW, Hannover.

Lead Researcher

Nicolai Netz
Dr. Nicolai Netz Lead Researcher +49 511 450670-171

Researchers

Valeria Aman

Press contact

Daniel Matthes
Daniel Matthes +49 511 450670-532
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Bundeministerium für Bildung und Forschung