15 June 2022

Two researchers from La Salle-URL, among the best in Spain according to Google Scholar

Dr. Miriam Calvo is the ninth best rated and the first Catalan in the ranking, in which Dr. Elisabet Golobardes also appears

Dr. Miriam Calvo, researcher at La Salle-URL of the Data Science for Digital Society (DS4DS) group, is among the top ten researchers working in Spain according to data from Google Scholar public profiles. The ranking includes a total of 5600 female researchers and has been prepared by the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) based on the highest h-index of female researchers, one of the most widely used metrics in the world of research and used to measure quality professional scientists.

“I am excited that all the years I have been doing research (which is already 20!) are recognized, but, on the other hand, I think there are many other women who deserve to be at the top of the list,” explains Dr. Miriam Calvo, ninth in the ranking and first Catalan. She is currently participating in an international research project, the LHCb experiment of the European CERN laboratory. "Of course, I am very proud to be able to contribute. Without the contribution of several hundred people, projects of this magnitude could not be carried out, which represent a great engineering and scientific challenge", she assures.

Dr. Calvo has been a researcher at La Salle-URL since 2008, when she began her career with a Juan de la Cierva postdoctoral fellowship. "I would like to express my sincere gratitude to La Salle-URL for supporting this line of research, which has allowed dozens of students to participate in this project and, in fact, some former students currently work at CERN", explains, while encourages young women to follow their passion: "I encourage all girls to pursue a STEM career, if that is what appeals to them, and help break old stereotypes." Dr. Elisabet Golobardes, professor at La Salle-URL and also a DS4DS researcher, also appears in the classification published by the CSIC.

The ranking, which has been published for the first time, includes both Spanish and foreign researchers who work in Spain and has been prepared by the CSIC, the largest Spanish public institution dedicated to scientific and technical research, with the aim of increasing visibility of the researchers as part of their commitment to gender equality policies. To develop the classification were used the number of citations and, above all, the h-index, a metric that measures the performance of the academic production of professors and researchers based on the count of their publications and bibliographic citations in Google Scholar.