Leibniz-Institut fur WissensmedienGovernment


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Foundation: 2001

Mission: We explore empirically how people acquire, apply, impart and exchange knowledge through digital media. Our focus lies on the cognitive, motivational, emotional, and social processes involved in using digital media within the context of social and technical developments. As we analyze these processes, we also address the inherent potential and risks for human experience and behavior. Scientists from different disciplines, such as psychology, cognitive neuroscience, computer science, linguistics and communication science, contribute basic research expertise at the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien in order to answer questions relevant for practice and society. With this multi-faceted perspective we are able to address multilayer research objects comprehensively and translate them into questions we can research empirically. Together with our co-operation partners from various scientific disciplines and from diverse fields of practice, we make our research results accessible to a broad range of potential users. We would like to establish ourselves as an international leader in our field of research. We make progress and gain visibility in the scientific field through a successful mix of established and innovative topics and methods. Qualified, highly motivated employees in research and service are our most valuable capital and the basis for our performance in the institute as a whole. We are committed to equal opportunity and the reconciliation of work and family life. We provide the best possible conditions in order to support our employees both professionally and personally in the best possible way. We communicate transparently and proactively as equals and strive to create an appreciative, respectful and pleasant working environment. Personal integrity, open-mindedness as well as tolerance and fairness in how we deal with each other are the values that characterize our institute across all hierarchy levels. In our work we define ourselves by our adherence to the following values and motives: We strive for scientific excellence in application-oriented, basic research. We aim at gaining knowledge relevant to current societal needs and practice. Here we focus on five fields of application: School, university, museum, knowledge work, and internet usage. We consider scientific evidence to be the basis of our communication with the scientific community, stakeholders from the practice, and the general public. We do independent research and are committed to the highest ethical standards for research. We reflect upon the implications of our findings with respect to human beings’ self-determination and maturity. We place high value on supporting young researchers, providing equal opportunities, and reconciling work and family life.

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History: www.iwm-tuebingen.de


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Evolution of the institution

The following data gives a quick reading on the scientific performance in the last years. The research ranking refers to the volume, impact and quality of the institution's research output. The innovation ranking is calculated on the number of patent applications of the institution and the citations that its research output receives from patents. Finally, the societal ranking is based on the number of pages of the institution's website and the number of backlinks and mentions from social networks.

Compared to its context

The result of the evaluation of the institution can be compared to obtain a view of the country, the region to which it belongs and the institutions of the world, placing it in their respective positions.

Compared to All sectors (percentiles)
Compared to Government sector (percentiles)

Ranks by Subject area

We have divided the scientific output of the institution into 19 large areas of knowledge and the following table shows only the ranks in different territorial domains achieved by the institution in each of the areas. For an institution to have a presence in an area, it is necessary that it exceed in the last year a minimum output threshold equivalent to twice the percentage that this area represents in the world. If you need scientific indicators on these areas visit Scopus and/or SciVal

AreaWorldWestern EuropeEU-28OECDGermany
Arts and Humanities 497th294th291st459th56th
Computer Science 649th385th387th546th114th
Psychology 418th189th184th392nd39th
Social Sciences 677th382nd383rd597th86th

Publishing profile

These are the journals used by the institution's researchers to publish their work in the last year. The size of each circle represents the value of the SJR of the publication, and its spatial position represents its subject matter.

This visualizatión allows you to identify the knowledge areas where the institution has published, recognize the prestige of the scientific journals in which the institution knowledge has been published, and identify predominant scientific communities.

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