Diana Hicks


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  • School of Public Policy
  • Technology Policy and Assessment Center
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Dr. Diana Hicks is Professor in the School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA specializing in metrics for science and technology policy. She was the first author on the Leiden Manifesto for research metrics published in Naturewhich has been translated into eleven languages, seewww.leidenmanifesto.org. Her work has been supported by and has informed policy makers in the U.S., Europe and Japan. She has advised the OECD and the governments of Flanders, the Czech Republic and Sweden on national research evaluation systems. She chaired the School of Public Policy for 10 years from 2003. She co-chairs the international Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy and is an editor of Research Evaluation. As Senior Policy Analyst at CHI Research between 1998 and 2003 she conducted policy analyses for Federal research agencies using patent and paper databases. Prof. Hicks has also taught at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley; SPRU, University of Sussex, and worked at the National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP) in Tokyo. Dr. Hicks earned her D.Phil and M.Sc. from SPRU, University of Sussex.

  • D.Phil, SPRU, University of Sussex, Science and Technology Policy
  • M.Sc., SPRU, University of Sussex, in Science, Technology and Industrialization
  • B.A, Grinnell College, Physics
Research Fields:
  • Program Evaluation, Public Management and Administration
  • Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy
  • Asia (East)
  • Europe
  • United States
  • PUBP-4010: Policy Task Force I
  • PUBP-4020: Policy Task Force II
  • PUBP-4410: Science,Tech& Pub Policy
  • PUBP-6001: Intro to Public Policy
  • PUBP-6401: Sci,Tech & Public Policy
  • PUBP-8530: Adv Science& Tech Policy
Recent Publications

Journal Articles

  • The unbearable emptiness of tweeting—About journal articles
       In: PlosOne [Peer Reviewed]

    November 2017

  • An Investigation Into the Characteristics of Papers With High Scholarly Citations in Public Administration
       In: Review of Public Personnel Administration [Peer Reviewed]

    March 2017

    In this article, we investigate characteristics associated with highly cited journal articles in Public Administration, especially the extent to which high impact contributions are theoretical. Using citations as a measure of scholarly influence, we used a mixed qualitative and bibliometric approach to understand the factors associated with the most highly cited articles in Public Administration in the last 20 years. Specifically, we assessed the extent to which each article was theoretical or empirical in nature, the role of the journal in which each article was published, and the extent to which the article’s impact spanned disciplines. Results indicate that theoretical development, the journal in which an article is published, and strategic placement with regard to the intended audience matter for scholarly impact. We also identify that theoretical versus empirical approach of subdisciplines is aligned with the maturity of that subdiscipline, consistent with Kuhn’s ideas of scientific evolution.