Gemma Elizabeth Derrick

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Gemma has been a member of the IPP since September 2010.

She defended her PhD thesis at The Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, Australia, in March 2010. Her thesis titled ‘Institutionalising the Agora: Investigating the evolution of public accountability in Australian Medical Research Institutes’ investigated the changing role of Communication and Commercialisation Offices within medical research organisations using quantitative (bibliometric) and qualitative (interview) methods.

With a background in medicine, Gemma previously completed her Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU. In her previous roles, Gemma worked at the School of Public Health, Sydney School of Medicine, The University of Sydney. There she investigated the characteristics of research and researchers that influence public health policy in tobacco control, illicit drugs, alcohol, injury, obesity and skin cancer.

At the IPP, Gemma is continuing her research interests in national evaluation frameworks, research evaluation metrics (bibliometrics), innovation diffusion, measures of societal impact and science/innovation and university policy.  Her research profile combines public health and research policy for the formation of relevant evaluation policies for science and innovation.  She employs a mixed-methods approach in her research which includes the combination of interviews, observation studies, bibliometrics and/or social network analysis.

Gemma currently also holds a Research Associate position at the Menzies School for Health Policy at the University of Sydney ( and is an Academic Editor for PLoS One.

Selected publications

Derrick G, Hayen A, Chapman S, Haynes AS, Webster B. (2012). A bibliometric analysis of research on Indigenous health in Australia, 1972–2008. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 36(3):269–273, June 2012.

Jonkers, K. Derrick, G.E. (2012) The bibliometric bandwagon: Characteristics of bibliometric articles outside the field literature. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. 63(4) 829–836.

Haynes AS, Derrick GE, Redman S, Hall WD, Gillespie JA, Chapman S, Sturk H (2012). Identifying experts: the ways that policymakers find and assess public health researchers for consultation and collaboration. PLoS One 7(3): e32665.

Chapman S, Derrick G (2012) Bibliographic analysis of papers and authors published in Tobacco Control 1998-August 2011. Tobacco Control 2012;21:198-201

Haynes AS, Derrick GE, Chapman S, Gillespie J, Redman S, Hall WD, Sturk H. (2011). Galvanisers, guides, champions and shields: the many ways that policymakers use public health researchers. Milbank Quarterly 89(4): 564-598.

Chapman S, Derrick GE, Haynes AS, Wall WD (2011). Democratising assessment of researchers’ track records: a simple proposal. Medical Journal of Australia 195(3): 147-8

Derrick GE, Haynes AS, Chapman S, Hall WD (2011). The association between four citation metrics and peer rankings of research influence in six fields of Australian public health. PLoS One 6(4) e18521 April 6, 2011

Haynes AS, Derrick GE, Sturk H, Chapman S, Hall WD (2011). From ‘our world’ to the ‘real world’: exploring the behaviour of policy influential Australian public health researchers. Social Science and Medicine 72(7) 1047-55 Apr.

Derrick GE, Sturk H, Haynes AS, Chapman S, Hall WD. (2010) A cautionary bibliometric tale of two cities. Scientometrics 54: 317 - 320.