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Octavian Postolache ranks in IEEE TIM list of best reviewers

on 28-11-2020


The IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement (TIM) has published a list of its best reviewers in the past seven years, including IT researcher Octavian Postolache. 

In light of its 70th anniversary, IEEE’s TIM has published several top-70 lists to celebrate its authors, reviewers and associate editors (AEs), based on data from the Web of Science and Allentrack/Peertrack.

Octavian Postolache, senior researcher at IT’s Instrumentation and Measurement Group, ranked 17th in the ‘Top 70 most-productive reviewers in the past 7 years’, making him the only researcher in Portugal to enter the list.

“I received this award from the TIM editorial board with high satisfaction. The revision process for a Q1 Scientific Journal is an exigent and required time for a reviewer, and IT is one of the institutions providing high-level scientists for the revision of IEEE Transaction on Instrumentation and Measurement”, said Octavian Postolache.

“I am motivated to keep working as a reviewer for this Scientific Journal, but also as an Associate Editor, hoping one day I will be recognized as one of its top AEs”, he added.

Among the scientific community, reviewers play a critical role in the success of a journal. Their dedication, expertise and attention to detail ensure an unbiased evaluation of scientific work and a smooth running of the validation process for international publications.

In a public announcement, TIM’s Editor in Chief Shervin Shirmohammadi stressed: “I cannot emphasize enough the priceless contributions of reviewers and AEs to TIM’s overall quality, and the tremendous number of hours that these volunteers give so generously from their time, mind, and energy, which reflects clearly in TIM's success”.

IEEE TIM is the flagship publication of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society, which focuses on innovative solutions to the development of electrical and electronic instruments and equipment to measure, monitor and record physical phenomena, for the purpose of advancing measurement science, methods, functionality, and applications. 

In 2021, the journal will turn to Volume 70, and in celebration of this feat will release a special editorial in its December 2020 issue which, among fun historical facts, will have several top-70 lists.

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IT researchers among the world’s top 100,000 scientists

on 26-11-2020

... IT researchers have figured among the world’s most influential scientists, according to a new ranking method developed by scientists at Stanford University. (see more)

In an attempt to tackle abuses of self-citation and ‘citation farms’ (relatively small clusters of authors massively citing each other’s papers), a team at Stanford University, led by Professor John P.A. Ioannides, recently produced a list of the world’s most-cited scientists based on more accurate standardized citation metrics.

It is divided into two categories — career-long citation impact and single year citation impact (2019) — which follow an extensive analysis of research data from the mid-1990s through to 2019, covering millions of scientists in 22 fields and 176 subfields of study. In a total of 159,683 scientists, 385 are from Portugal.

IT researchers have been featured across four main fields: Information & Communication Technologies, Engineering, Physics & Astronomy and Enabling & Strategic Technologies.

Also worth noting is that out of the 37 most-cited Portuguese researchers within Information & Communication Technologies, 11 are from IT.

Ranked for career-long citation impact are: Mário Figueiredo, José Bioucas-Dias, Fernando Pereira, Mário Silveirinha, Joel Rodrigues, Ana Fred, Hugo Proença, José Pedro, Nuno Carvalho, Sérgio Cruz, João Sobrinho, Jonathan Rodriguez, Stanislav Maslovski, Adolfo Cartaxo, Carlos Fernandes, José Brandão Faria, Octavian Postolache, Francisco Alegria and Paulo André.

For single year citation impact, IT names include Nuno Garcia, Shahid Mumtaz and Filipe Clemente.

The global rankings, published in PloS Biology, build on the number of citations, H-Index, co-authorship and a composite indicator — all of which were measured using data from the SCOPUS database.

It comes at a time when funding agencies, journals and others are focusing more on potential issues that arise from excessive self-citation.

“Use of citation metrics has become widespread but is fraught with difficulties. Some challenges relate to what citations and related metrics fundamentally mean and how they can be interpreted or misinterpreted as a measure of impact or excellence”, the authors state.

Labelled by Nature as “the largest collection of self-citation metrics ever published”, the article reflects broader concerns about an over-reliance on citation metrics for making decisions about hiring, promotions and research funding.

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