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Citation Auctions As A New Method For Boosting Science

Dr. Josep Lluis de la Rosa i Esteva
University of Girona (UdG)

September 4, 2008
JEC 3117, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Refreshments at 3:30 p.m.


The scientific community has been suffering from peer review for decades. This process (also called refereeing) subjects an author's scientific work or ideas to the scrutiny of one or more experts in the field. Publishers use it to select and screen manuscript submissions, and funding agencies use it to award research funds. The goal is to get authors to meet their discipline's standards and thus achieve scientific objectivity. Publications and awards that haven't undergone peer review are often regarded with suspicion by scholars and professionals in many fields. However, peer review, although universally used, has many drawbacks. We propose replacing peer review with an auction-based approach: the better the submitted paper, the more scientific currency the author will likely bid to have it published. If the bid correctly reflects the paper's quality, the author will be rewarded in this new scientific currency (a complementary currency); otherwise, the author will lose this currency. We argue that citations are appropriate currencies for all scientists. We believe that citation auctions will encourage scientists to better control their submissions' quality. It will likely also inspire them to prepare more exciting talks for accepted papers and to invite discussion of their results at congresses and conferences and among their colleagues. In the long run, citation auctions could have the power to greatly improve scientific research. In the seminar a number of scientific issues regarding this approach will be discussed: auctions, agents, complementary currencies and related topics to the stream of publication of science, from a multidisciplinary perspective. Furthermore, we'll explore how citation recommenders may work within this paradigm, where scientists would need further marketing tools for increasing their "revenues" in terms of citations.


Dr. Josep Lluis de la Rosa i Esteva is an Associate Professor at the University of Girona (UdG) and the founding director of EASY Innova CIDEM Network of Innovation Technology Support Centers, as well as president of Strategic Attention Management S.L.. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) in 1993, and a MBA in 2002. In 1989, he was a research assistant in the department of Natural Language of the Siemens Software Development Centre in Barcelona, Catalonia. In 1993, he became assistant professor to the UAB, and then in 1997 he was a post-doc fellow at Laboratoire d'Architecture et d'Analyse des Systemes (LAAS-CNRS) in Toulouse, France. He has been vice-president of Agents Inspired Technologies S.A. and R+D vice-president of the UdG, involved in knowledge transfer, applying agents-inspired technologies to a variety of fields ranging from marketing and e-commerce to robotics and industrial applications. Dr. de la Rosa is a member of the Catalan Association of Artificial Intelligence ACIA (ECCAI). His interests focus on intelligent agents applied to marketing, physical multi-agent systems applied to RoboRescue, and digital business ecosystems. He is an author and co-author of more than one hundred scientific publications and four patents. He is now visiting Prof. Szymanski at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) for the subject of citation auctions, an application of complementary currencies to science. He is available at peplluis@eia.udg.edu, http://eia.udg.edu/~peplluis

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Last updated: August 6, 2008