17th International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators (STI), 5-8 September, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

In part due to a growing global trend in evidence-based decision-making, the use of S&T indicators for the evaluation of research—not to mention for research planning and policy—is increasing in nearly every country. New indicators and databases continue to emerge and a growing number of scholars hailing from a wide range of disciplines have joined the ranks of the S&T indicators community.

The STI conference has become the main yearly venue for the S&T indicators community of practitioners, researchers and users. The International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators, informally known as the “Leiden Conference”, was traditionally held every other year. In 2010, it merged with the conference series organised by ENID (European Network of Indicator Designers), which was held in the alternate years. The resulting STI conference series will continue presenting high-quality scholarly work while also providing a venue for networking and the promotion of cooperation between researchers, international organisations and other S&T indicator users.

Held for the first time outside Europe, the 2012 STI conference is jointly organised by Science-Metrix and the Observatoire des sciences et des technologies (OST) and will be held at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). The 2012 edition will be organised around the three following themes:
- Theoretical, historical, practical and social aspects of S&T indicator development and use
- Methodological aspects in the use of S&T indicators and the production of statistics
- Use of S&T indicators in R&D management and S&T strategy development and evaluation

The 17th STI conference will be preceded by the 2th Global TechMining Conference www.gtmconference.org . Participants to the STI conference are encouraged to attend both conferences.

The working language of the conference will be English.

Please note that in contrast to previous STI conferences, researchers and practitioners are asked to submit full papers (from 6 to 12 pages). The selected papers will be made available in open access on the STI conference website.

Key Dates:
-Deadline for submission of full papers or research in progress papers—March 9th, March 19th, 2012 (final strict deadline)
-Notification of acceptance of papers—April 13th, April 20th 2012
-Deadline for posters submission—May 15th, 2012 (new deadline)
-Notification of acceptance of posters—May 25th, 2012

Email: info@2012.sticonference.org

Éric Archambault,
Yves Gingras,
Vincent Larivière