History

Leo Egghe and Ronald Rousseau organized the first bibliometric conference in 1987 in Diepenbeek, Belgium. Their idea at that time was only to gather like-minded scholars and thereby to gauge the strength of interest in this field. Egghe and Rousseau were unsure of whether there were sufficient numbers of scholars interested in this emerging field of research to support a single conference, let alone be the first of a series. The first conference was called the “International Conference on Bibliometrics and Theoretical Aspects of Information Retrieval”. At that time, there were no plans for starting a continuing series of conferences nor of forming a professional association. However, history shows that there was significant interest and it was decided early on that others should follow.

 

The second conference was organised in 1989 by Jean Tague from the University of Western Ontario in Canada and the third in 1991 by Ravichandra Rao in Bangalore, India.

By 1993, there were moves to create a professional association. The International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI) was voted into existence by participants at the Berlin Conference. From that time on, the official name for conferences became International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics.

Upcoming conferences

Upcoming conferences

The next ISSI conference will be organized in Rome (Italy), in September 2019 (from Monday 2 September 2019 to Thursday 5 September 2019).

It is hosted by the Sapienza University of Rome, one of the largest European universities, and founded in 1303 with the Papal bull: In Supremae praeminentia Dignitatis. In the 1650s the university became known as Sapienza, meaning wisdom, a title it retains. The Conference will be held at the main campus, situated in Piazzale Aldo Moro, very close to the central railway station (Termini). It is located in the city center and well connected by public transport. September is one of the best months for a visit to Rome, the Eternal City.

Principal organizers are Prof. Giuseppe Catalano, Prof. Cinzia Daraio, Department of Computer, Control and Management Engineering A. Ruberti, Sapienza University of Rome (cinzia.daraio@uniroma1.it) and Prof. Giancarlo Ruocco, Department of Physics, Sapienza University of Rome, with Prof. Henk F. Moed as Program Chair.

 

  

Past conferences

It has become somewhat of a tradition that host countries will alternate among 'old' world countries of the Northern Hemisphere and 'new' world countries, predominantly in the Southern Hemisphere. On examining the list of conferences and host countries, you will see that the idea of north-south/east-west distribution of conferences has been upheld, even if not to the letter of strict geography. This distribution of locations of the conferences gives opportunities for host countries to encourage and showcase scientometric and informetric research in their home institutions to an international audience.

Further, each host country has the privilege of introducing their country and its research to a range of international scholars as well as being able to invite a range of its own scholars who might otherwise not have been able to attend. The conferences stimulate the kind of scholarly conversations that may lead to international collaboration and lead to better understanding and interaction among the international community of scientometric scholars. Bids for hosting future conferences are accepted at the ISSI Board meeting held at each biennial conference.

16 - 20 October
16th International Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics

Wuhan University,
Wuhan, China

Conference Chairs: 

  • Prof. Qiu Junping (China)
  • Prof. Ronald Rousseau (Belgium)
  • Prof. Cassidy R.Sugimoto (USA)
  • Prof. Fang Xin (China)

Organizing Committee: 

  • Director. Mu Rongping (China)
  • Prof. Cassidy R.Sugimoto (USA)
  • Prof. Fang Qing (China)
  • Prof. Huang Ruhua (China)

Academic Committee: 

  • Prof. Ronald Rousseau (Belgium)
  • Prof. Wolfgang Glänzel Belgium)
  • Prof. Zhao Rongying (China)

See also: Conference summaryWorkshop report, Photo gallery

29 June – 04 July
15th International Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics

Boğaziçi University,
Istanbul, Turkey

General Chairs: 

  • Albert Ali Salah (Turkey)
  • Yaşar Tonta (Turkey)
  • M. Mirat Satoglu (Turkey)

Program Chairs: 

  • Almila Akdağ Salah (Turkey)
  • Cassidy Sugimoto (USA)
  • Umut Al (Turkey)

15-19 July
14th International Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics

Department of Library and Information Science,
University of Vienna,
Vienna, Austria

Conference Chairs: 

  • Juan Gorraiz (Austria)
  • Edgar Schiebel (Austria)


Program Chairs: 

  • Christian Gumpenberger (Austria)
  • Marianne Hörlesberger (Austria)
  • Henk Moed (the Netherlands)

4-7 July
13th International Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics

Department of Library and Information Science,
University of Zululand
Durban, South Africa

Organisers: 

  • Dennis N. Ocholla (South Africa)
  • Daisy Jacobs (South Africa)
  • Peter Ingwersen (Denmark)


Program Chairs: 

  • Ed Noyons (The Netherlands)
  • Patrick Ngulube (South Africa)
  • Jacqueline Leta (Brazil)
  • Bosire Onyancha (South Africa)
  • Jesper W. Schneider (Denmark)

14-17 July
12th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics

Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information (BIREME),
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Organiser: 

  • Abel L. Packer (Brazil)

Program Chair: 

  • Jacqueline Leta (Brazil)
  • Birger Larsen (Denmark)

25-27 June
11th International Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics

Centre for Scientific Information and Documentation (CINDOC)
Spanish Research Council (CSIC)
Madrid, Spain

Organisers: 

  • Isabel Gómez (Spain)
  • María Bordons (Spain)
  • Isidro F. Aguillo (Spain)

Program Chair: 

  • Henk Moed (The Netherlands)

24-28 July
10th International Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics

Karolinska Institute,
Stockholm, Sweden

Organisers: 

  • Olle Persson (Sweden)
  • Irene Wormell (Sweden)


Program Chair: 

  • Peter Ingwersen (Denmark)

25-29th August
9th International Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics

Chinese Association for Science, and Science & Technology Policy,
Beijing, China

Organiser: 

  • Jiang Guohua (China)

Program Chair: 

  • Ronald Rousseau (Belgium)

16-20th July
8th International Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics

The University of New South Wales,
School of Information Systems, Technology and Management,
Sydney, Australia

Organiser: 

  • Mari Davis (Australia)

Co-Chair: 

  • Concepción S. Wilson (Australia)

Program Chair: 

  • Grant Lewison (UK)

5-8th July
7th International Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics

Universidad de Colima,
Colima, Mexico

Organiser: 

  • César Macías-Chapula (Mexico)

Program Chair: 

  • Leo Egghe (Belgium)

16-19th June
6th International Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem,
School of Library, Archive and Information Studies,
Jerusalem, Israel

Organiser: 

  • Bluma Peritz (Israel)

Program Chair: 

  • Leo Egghe (Belgium)

7-10th June
5th International Conference of the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics

Rosary College (now The Dominican University),
Graduate School of Library and Information Science,
River Forest, Illinois, USA

Organiser: 

  • Michael E. D. Koenig (USA)

Program Chair: 

  • Abraham Bookstein (USA)

11-15th September
4th International Conference on Bibliometrics, Informetrics and Scientometrics

Association for the Promotion of the 4th International Conference of Science Measurement e.v.,
Berlin, Germany

Honorary Chair: 

  • Eugene Garfield (USA)

Organiser: 

  • Hildrun Kretschmer (Germany)

Program Chair: 

  • Wolfgang Glänzel (Hungary)

9-12 August
3rd International Conference on Informetrics

Indian Statistical Institute,
Documentation Research Centre,
Bangalore, India

Organiser: 

  • Ravichandra Rao (India)

Program Chair: 

  • J. K. Ghosh (India)

5-7th July
2nd International Conference on Bibliometrics, Scientometrics and Informetrics

University of Western Ontario,
London, Ontario, Canada

Organiser: 

  • Jean Tague (Canada)

Program Chair: 

  • M. J. Nelson (Canada)

25-28th August
1st International Conference on Bibliometrics and Theoretical Aspects of Information Retrieval

Limburgs Universitair Centrum,
Diepenbeek, Belgium

Organiser: 

  • Leo Egghe (Belgium)

Program Chair: 

  • Leo Egghe (Belgium)

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