The Ministry of Education and Science to abandon gross principle assessing scientific activity

The main topic of the panel discussion called “Scientometrics 2.0: Digital Reboot”, held as part of the 11th Gaidar Forum, was the discussion of the possibility to create a unified system for recording and evaluating scientific specialists’ activities results.

During the discussion, Valentin Bogorov,Head of Customer Education Department at Clarivate Analytics, drew the attention of the participants to the need for a clear differentiation between the measuring and administrative aspects of any accounting and evaluation system. “I would single out two topics: scientometrics as a method of science analysis and scientometrics a system of administrative practices that are associated with it. These are two different things. According to Campbell’s law, as soon as we use some variables for administrative management, they begin to affect the state of the measured object,” Valentin Bogorov said.

Timur Bronitsky, Director, Department for Strategic Development, Monitoring and Evaluation, Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, informed the session participants that at the end of 2019, the Ministry of Education and Science had completed the development of a methodology for the formation of targeted qualitative indicators for fulfilling state tasks by scientific organizations subordinate to the Ministry of Education and Science. This technique will allow us to get away from the gross principle and practice of duplicating the reporting information by organizations that worked in collaboration. “We do not consider numerical indicators in isolation from expert ones. When sufficient amounts of data are accumulated, this will allow us to work in the mode of end-to-end rating of scientific activities,” Timur Bronitsky said.

The panel discussion was attended by: Nikolay Podorvaniuk, Chief Editor, Indicator.Ru information and service portal; Artem Kosmarsky, Deputy Head of the Blockchain Research Laboratory for Education and Science, representative of the international Blockchain for Science collaboration; Marat Fathullin, Vice President, Elsevier S&T in Russia; Victor Glukhov, Deputy Director General, Scientific Electronic Library LLC; Roman Konchakov, Head of the Economic History Department, RANEPA; Vladimir Kartavtsev, Head of Research Projects, Synopsis Group; Andrei Blinov, Deputy Director General – Head of the Office for Programs and Projects, Russian Science Foundation.

The Gaidar Forum is held at the RANEPA under the auspices of the Government of the Russian Federation and in 11 years it has become one of the most respected expert venues, which traditionally sets the vector for public and scientific discussion at the beginning of each year. The organizers of the 11th Gaidar Forum are the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, the Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy, and the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia.

The title partners of the Gaidar Forum are Gazprom PJSC and Gazprombank JSC. The strategic partners are Coca-Cola, Mastercard, Russian Railways, Pharmstandard group of companies, Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi, Novartis group of companies, MSD, AKIG group of companies, EF Education First. Partners are Prosveshchenie group of companies, EY, Huawei, RVC JSC, Russian Agricultural Bank JSC.

The title information partners of the Gaidar Forum are the Russia-24 TV channel, TASS, RBC, Business FM. The strategic information partners are Kommersant Publishing House, Interfax, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Invest Foresight magazine, Federal Press Agency. The main information partners are, Gazeta.Ru, Lenta.Ru,, Profile. International partners are RT, ThomsonReuters, Sputnik, EFE, Cision, Pan Pacific Agency. Information partners are Snob media project, AEI PRIME, RNS, Expert magazine, Parlamentskaya Gazeta,, Ekho Moskvy radio station, PRO Business TV channel, FINAM.RU information and analytical agency, Davydov.Index holding, Strategiya magazine, Ekonomika i Zhizn newspaper, Econs portal, Gosudarstvennaya Sluzhba magazine, TV BRICS.