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A Bridge between Society and Universities: A Documentary Analysis of Science Shops

Research Institute for Higher Education and Science (INAECU), University Carlos III of Madrid, 28903 Madrid, Spain
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Publications 2018, 6(3), 36;
Received: 30 June 2018 / Revised: 19 July 2018 / Accepted: 30 July 2018 / Published: 1 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Digital Scholarly Publishing)
Citizen science surfaced as a new way of conducting research and science shops are one of the initiatives in which citizen collaboration with scientists has been most visible. These organisations provide independent and participatory support for research in response to civil society’s problems/needs. Although science shops have pioneered the furthering of citizen participation, the general public is still scantly aware of their existence. This study aimed to explore that matter, identifying and analysing the literature on science shops with bibliometric techniques. Different sources of information have been consulted; namely, Web of Science and SCOPUS database; Google Scholar; CORDIS European Projects Database; and My News. The information collected from 158 documents was analysed and their main characteristics identified. A map of science shops was constructed to show existing initiatives and those mentioned in the texts. We also offer a chronology of the main milestones on the subject mentioned in the texts. The results show the importance that countries like those in Europe, especially The Netherlands, attach to these activities and it is evident that the content can be very varied, although the environmental issues are highlighted. View Full-Text
Keywords: science shops; citizen science; bibliometric analysis science shops; citizen science; bibliometric analysis
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De Filippo, D.; Bautista-Puig, N.; Mauleón, E.; Sanz-Casado, E. A Bridge between Society and Universities: A Documentary Analysis of Science Shops. Publications 2018, 6, 36.

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