Paul Donner

Paul Donner

Research area Research System and Science Dynamics
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studied Library and Information Science (LIS) at the Humboldt University of Berlin. In 2012 he graduated with a Master of Arts in LIS with a thesis in the field of bibliometrics. He is working for iFQ since August 2013.

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Bibliometrics, Information visualization

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Competence Centre for Bibliometrics
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Validation of the Astro dataset clustering solutions with external data.

Donner, P. (2020).
Validation of the Astro dataset clustering solutions with external data. Scientometrics, in print. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-020-03780-3
Abstract

We conduct an independent cluster validation study on published clustering solutions of a research testbed corpus, the Astro dataset of publication records from astronomy and astrophysics. We extend the dataset by collecting external validation data serving as proxies for the latent structure of the corpus. Specifically, we collect (1) grant funding information related to the publications, (2) data on topical special issues, (3) on specific journals’ internal topic classifications and (4) usage data from the main online bibliographic database of the discipline. The latter three types of data are newly introduced for the purpose of clustering validation and the rationale for using them for this task is set out.

The implicit preference of bibliometrics for basic research.

Donner, P., & Schmoch, U. (2020).
The implicit preference of bibliometrics for basic research. Scientometrics, 124, 1411-1419. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-020-03516-3
Abstract

By individually associating articles to basic or applied research, it is shown that basic articles are cited more frequently than applied ones. Dividing the subject categories of the Web of Science into a basic and an applied part, the mean field-normalization rate is referred to the applied or basic part depending on the research orientation of the paper analysed. By this approach, a distinct difference of the citations for the applied and basic parts of most subject categories is found. However, differences of the citation scores of applied and basic research organisations are found as well, but are less clear. The explanation is that applied and basic research organisations generally publish a mix of basic and applied articles. [...]

A validation of coauthorship credit models with empirical data from the contributions of PhD candidates.

Donner, P. (2020).
A validation of coauthorship credit models with empirical data from the contributions of PhD candidates. Quantitative Science Studies, 1 (2), 551-564.
Abstract

A perennial problem in bibliometrics is the appropriate distribution of authorship credit for coauthored publications. Several credit allocation methods and formulas have been introduced, but there has been little empirical validation as to which method best reflects the typical contributions of coauthors. This paper presents a validation of credit allocation methods using a new data set of author-provided percentage contribution figures obtained from the coauthored publications in cumulative PhD theses by authors from three countries that contain contribution statements. [...]

Comparing institutional-level bibliometric research performance indicator values based on different affiliation disambiguation systems.

Donner, P., Rimmert, C., & van Eck, N.J. (2020).
Comparing institutional-level bibliometric research performance indicator values based on different affiliation disambiguation systems. Quantitative Science Studies, Volume 1 Issue 1, MIT Press, 150-170.
Abstract

The present study is an evaluation of three frequently used institution name disambiguation systems. The Web of Science normalized institution names and Organization Enhanced system and the Scopus Affiliation ID system are tested against a complete, independent institution disambiguation system for a sample of German public sector research organizations. The independent system is used as the gold standard in the evaluations that we perform. We study the coverage of the disambiguation systems and, in particular, the differences in a number of commonly used bibliometric indicators. The key finding is that for the sample institutions, the studied systems provide bibliometric indicator values that have only a limited accuracy. [...]

Different but similar. A comparison of performance monitoring in the UK, Australia and Germany.

Hinze, S., Butler, L., Donner, P., & McAllister, I. (2019).
Different but similar. A comparison of performance monitoring in the UK, Australia and Germany. In Glänzel, W., Moed, H., Schmoch, U., & Thelwall, M. (Hrsg.), Springer Handbook of Science and Technology Indicators (S. 465-484). Basel: Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-02511-3

Comparing institutional-level bibliometric indicator values based on different affiliation disambiguation systems. Benchmarking Web of Science and Scopus platform tools against a gold-standard data set for Germany.

Donner, P., Rimmert, C., & van Eck, N. J. (2019).
Comparing institutional-level bibliometric indicator values based on different affiliation disambiguation systems. Benchmarking Web of Science and Scopus platform tools against a gold-standard data set for Germany. In Catalano, G., Daraio, C., Gregori, M., Moed, H. F., & Ruocco, G (Hrsg.) Proceedings of the 17th Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI 2019), Vol. 1, (S. 306-315). Edizioni Efesto. ISBN 978-88-3381-118-5.

Supplementing citations to PhD theses with citations from Google.

Donner, P. (2018).
Supplementing citations to PhD theses with citations from Google. In R. Costas, T. Franssen & A. Yegros-Yegros, Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators (465-471). Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), Leiden, Netherlands.

Portfolio Evaluation FWF International Programmes. Final report.

Degelsegger-Marquéz, A., Wagner, I., Kroop, S., Rigby, J., Cox, D., Hinze, S., ... & Adams, J. (2018).
Portfolio Evaluation FWF International Programmes. Final report.

Effect of publication month on citation impact.

Donner, P. (2018).
Effect of publication month on citation impact. Journal of Informetrics, 12(1), 330-343. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joi.2018.01.012

Document type assignment accuracy in the journal citation index data of Web of Science.

Donner, P. (2017).
Document type assignment accuracy in the journal citation index data of Web of Science. Scientometrics, 113(1), 219-236.
Abstract

This article reports the results of a study of the correctness of document type assignments in the commercial citation index database Web of Science (SCIE, SSCI, AHCI collections). The document type assignments for publication records are compared to those given on the official journal websites or in the publication full-texts for a random sample of 791 Web of Science records across the four document type categories articles, letters, reviews and others, according to the definitions of WoS. The proportion of incorrect assignments across document types and its influence on document specific normalized citations scores are analysed. It is found that document type data is correct in 94% of records. [...]

Beitrag des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses zu Lehre, Forschung und Transfer/Innovation.

Tesch, J., Huber, N., Neufeld J., Donner, P., Aman, V., & Gauch, S. (2017).
Beitrag des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses zu Lehre, Forschung und Transfer/Innovation. Berlin: DZHW.

Missing citations due to exact reference matching: Analysis of a random sample from WoS. Are publications from peripheral countries disadvantaged?

Donner, P. (2016).
Missing citations due to exact reference matching: Analysis of a random sample from WoS. Are publications from peripheral countries disadvantaged? In I. Ràfols, J. Molas-Gallart, E. Castro-Martínez & R. Woolley (Hrsg.), Peripheries, frontiers and beyond. Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators (S. 85-89). València: Editorial Universitat Politècnica de València.

Enhanced self-citation detection by fuzzy author name matching and complementary error estimates.

Donner, P. (2016).
Enhanced self-citation detection by fuzzy author name matching and complementary error estimates. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 662–670.
Abstract

In this article I investigate the shortcomings of exact string match-based author self-citation detection methods. The contributions of this study are twofold. First, I apply a fuzzy string matching algorithm for selfcitation detection and benchmark this approach and other common methods of exclusively author namebased self-citation detection against a manually curated ground truth sample. Near full recall can be achieved with the proposed method while incurring only negligible precision loss. Second, I report some important observations from the results about the extent of latent self-citations and their characteristics and give an example of the effect of improved self-citation detection on the document level self-citation rate of [...].

Document type assignment accuracy in citation index data sources.

Donner, P. (2015).
Document type assignment accuracy in citation index data sources. In A. Salah et al. (Hrsg.), Proceedings of the 15th International Society of Scientometrics and Informetrics Conference (ISSI 2015), Istanbul, Turkey, 29 June to 3 July, 2015, (S. 1271-1272). Istanbul: Bogaziçi University Printhouse.

Bibliometric study for German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in the disciplines Public Health and Epidemiology.

Donner, P., Chi, P.-S., & Aman, V. (2015).
Bibliometric study for German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in the disciplines Public Health and Epidemiology. Public Health in Deutschland (Online Supplement).
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Vergleich bibliometrischer Indikatoren basierend auf verschiedenen Institutionenbereinigungen.

Donner, P. in Zusammenarbeit mit Rimmert, C., & van Eck, N.J. (2020, März).
Vergleich bibliometrischer Indikatoren basierend auf verschiedenen Institutionenbereinigungen. Vortrag auf dem Workshop "Leistungsmessung im Hochschulbereich", Technische Universtität Dresden, Project PEER-UP, 05.-06.03.2020, Dresden.

Comparing institutional-level bibliometric indicator values based on different affiliation disambiguation systems. Benchmarking Web of Science and Scopus platform tools against a gold-standard data set for Germany.

Donner, P., Rimmert, C., & van Eck, N. J. (2019, September).
Comparing institutional-level bibliometric indicator values based on different affiliation disambiguation systems. Benchmarking Web of Science and Scopus platform tools against a gold-standard data set for Germany. Vortrag auf der 17th International Conference on Scientometrics & Informetrics, September 2-5, 2019, Rome, Italy.

Exploration des Leistungsbereiches wissenschaftliche Nachwuchsförderung.

Donner, P. (2019, Juni).
Exploration des Leistungsbereiches wissenschaftliche Nachwuchsförderung. Vortrag im Rahmen des Workshops "Facetten der Leistungsmessung an deutschen Universitäten: Verfahren, Indikatorik, Wirkungen" des Projekts "Leistungsmessung und -beurteilung für Universitäten. Indikatoren und ihre Interdepenzen in Forschung und Lehre"; Hannover.

Supplementing citations to PhD theses with citations from Google.

Donner, P. (2018, September).
Supplementing citations to PhD theses with citations from Google. Vortrag auf der 23rd International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators (STI 2018): "Science, Technology and Innovation indicators in transition", 12.-14.09.2018, Leiden, Niederlande.

Google Books as a data source for citation analysis.

Donner, P. (2018, August).
Google Books as a data source for citation analysis. Vortrag im Workshop "Scientometrics - Promises, Challenges and Limitations". National Taiwan University, Department of Library and Information Science, Taipei, Taiwan.

Effect of publication month on citation impact.

Donner, P. (2017, Oktober).
Effect of publication month on citation impact. Vortrag auf der 16th International Conference on Scientometrics & Informetrics (ISSI), 16.-20.10.2017, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China.

Effect of publication month on citation impact.

Donner, P. (2017, Oktober).
Effect of publication month on citation impact. Vortrag am Science & Technology Policy Research and Information Center, National Applied Research Laboratories, Taipei, Taiwan.
Abstract

A standard procedure in citation analysis is that all papers published in one year are assessed at the same later point in time, implicitly treating all publications as if they were published at the exact same date. This leads to systematic bias in favor of early-months publications and against late-months publications. This contribution analyses the size of this distortion on a large body of publications from all disciplines over citation windows of up to 15 years. It is found that early-month publications enjoy a substantial citation advantage, which arises from citations received in the first three years after publication. [...]

Improving bibliometric indicators with better data and methods. An overview and recent progress on selected problems.

Donner, P. (2017, Oktober).
Improving bibliometric indicators with better data and methods. An overview and recent progress on selected problems. Vortrag an der National Taiwan University, Department of Library and Information Science, Taipei, Taiwan.

Missing citations due to exact reference matching: analysis of a random sample from WoS. Are publications from peripheral countries disadvantaged?

Donner, P. (2016, September).
Missing citations due to exact reference matching: analysis of a random sample from WoS. Are publications from peripheral countries disadvantaged? Vortrag auf der 21st International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators (STI 2016), 14.-06.09.2016, Valencia, Spanien.

The effects of institutional disambiguation on bibliometric indicators.

Rimmert, C., & Donner, P. (2015, Oktober).
The effects of institutional disambiguation on bibliometric indicators. Vortrag auf dem 20th Nordic Workshop on Bibliometrics and Research Policy 2015, Oslo.

Bibliometrie am iFQ. Schwerpunkt Bildungsforschung.

Donner, P. (2014, Juli).
Bibliometrie am iFQ. Schwerpunkt Bildungsforschung. Vortrag auf dem Vortrag im Rahmen des Workshops "Bibliometrische 'Leistungsmessung' in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften" am Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung, Berlin.