Croatian Science Foundation research project IP-09-2014: Research activity, collaboration and orientation in social sciences in Croatia and other post-socialist European countries (RACOSS)

Grant holder: Institute for Social Research in Zagreb
Duration: September 15, 2015 – September 15, 2019
Collaborator: Andrea Mervar

A basic function of science, especially social science, is its influence on the development of society. The status of social science and its influence on the development of society are less researched themes in comparison with natural and applied sciences. Nearly a quarter of registered Croatian scientists are social scientists. Their work is, in most part, tied to the work of 7 scientific institutes and all 7 universities. The main research questions in this project are: Which themes and problematic are central to these experts? Where do they publish the results of their research? How much do they cooperate on institutional, country and international level and are there measurable effects of cooperation? To what extent are their results available and recognized through citations? What is the significance and role of national journals in social sciences? What are the differences between various fields of social sciences?
To provide a rich comparative description of the state of social sciences in Croatia, the project includes 10 EU post-socialist countries as well as ex-Yugoslav countries. To attain its goals the project will use quantitative (bibliometry, survey, social network analysis) and qualitative (interviews) methods which have been planned and will be implemented by a multidisciplinary team of experts. The primary source for bibliometric data for productivity, impact, authorship, cooperation, journals, institutions and countries will be the Scopus citation index. The main source for statistical data about the included countries will be Eurostat and various national sources. The expected outcomes of the project are theoretical and applied, from insight in scientific potential of social science research in included countries, through the development of appropriate methods of collecting and analyzing different types of data, to offering the relevant elements and indicators for the evaluation of scientific output and as help in related decision making processes.