Gemma Elizabeth Derrick

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Gemma forma parte del IPP desde Septiembre de 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.

Publicaciones recientes seleccionadas

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. (forthcoming, June 2012) Article first published online: 2 Jan 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2011.00806.x

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. (JIF=4.766, 1/58 Health Policy & Services)

Derrick, GE. (2011) A reflection on the higher importance of research evaluation. Opinion article in The Australian Newspaper. 08 June, 2011.

Derrick, GE. (2011) Trends and recent changes in the funding arrangements of Australian university research. In: Informe CYD 2010, La contribución de las universidades españolas al desarrollo. Fundacion Conocimiento y Desarrollo (CYD) pp133.

Chapman S. Derrick GE. Haynes AS (2011) Democratising assessment of researchers' track records: a simple proposal. Medical Journal of Australia.  Aug 1;195(3):147-8.

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

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

Derrick GE, Sturk H, Haynes AS, Chapman S. A cautionary bibliometric tale of two cities . Scientometrics. 2010;84(2):317-320