May 28, 2022

EU Commissioner Mentions Need to Modernize Citation Analysis and Impact Factors in Video Message at Science 2.0 Conference

Here’s a video recording and a text transcript of a “welcome message” by Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the Commission and Commissioner for
the Digital Agenda, that was played for those attending the Science 2.0 Conference in Hamburg, Germany earlier today.

The title of the 5.5 minute address is, “The Transformative Power of Open, Digital Science”.

Of special interest is that Kroes makes mention of citation analysis, impact factors, and altmetrics in her message.

Kroes says:

Of course, the move to open digital science raises many further questions.

For example: how should researchers and their careers be evaluated? – and how can those metrics be modernised and improved? In particular, how should teaching, outreach, communication and collaboration be taken into account – in addition to “citation counts” or the number of publications?

And what new indicators should we start using to measure impact and importance? – more granular and comprehensive?

She Goes On to Say:

Likewise: how do we ensure and measure quality in research? Is traditional, closed and largely anonymised peer review still the best we can get? Or does the internet enable us to open it up, for example by deploying it earlier on in the publication process; or by enabling open, online peer review alongside that process? Some innovative publishers are already experimenting with this type of model, and I applaud them.

The complete video and text transcript of the welcome message speech by Neelie Kroes are embedded below.

A live stream of the conference is also available. ||| Conference Program

Transcript: Video Message by Neelie Kroes on Open Digital Science

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.