Yesterday, Nicolas presented the paper ‘Towards a multidimensional valuation model of scientists’ at the Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy 2019 in Atlanta, GA. The model was previously presented as a poster at the ISSI 2019 Conference. In this case, we are now moving with the data collection process and have already retrieved the bibliometric data for the six research groups we are analyzing as case studies. As a kind of exploratory analysis to see if the model we have designed could actually identify different profiles, we did an archetypal analysis using very limited and dubious variables to operationalize each dimension. Although the results most be interpreted with lots of caution, the fact that we could find distinct archetypes and even some consistencies between fields, was really surprising and reassuring.
The presentation was followed by a heated debate and confronting views, showing that the project seems to be tackling a sensitive issue. There were good comments and lots of interest. Hopefully as we are able to develop our case studies, the results will be consistent and more robust.