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Current affiliation

  • Postdoctoral researcher (Sept 2018- Aug 2021)

Education

Main studies

  • PhD. of Economic Sociology (Nov 2015- 16 Apr 2018)
    • University of Milan and University of Brescia, Italy
    • Thematic PhD with a year (3 semesters) of 19 courses on theories, sociological subjects, methodology, and applied research and seminar series
    • Thesis Title: A quantitative sociology of academic work in an era of hypercompetition and rankings
    • Supervised by: Flaminio Squazzoni
    • Member of GECS: Research Group on Experimental and Computational Sociology (more here & here)
  • PhD. of Sociology (Social Welfare) (2011-2015)
    • Allameh Tabatabaei University, Tehran, Iran
    • Thesis Title: Iranian’s Cyber Social Capital (here)
    • Supervised by: Jafar Hezarjaribi
  • M.A. of Sociology (2008-2011)
    • Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran
    • Thesis Title: A SNA Study on Online Social Networks: Case study of Doreh and U24
    • Supervised by: Ali Saei
  • B.A. of Sociology (Social Research) (2004-2008)
    • Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran
    • Thesis Title: Factors related with students commitment to university
    • Supervised by: Abdol Ali Lahsayi Zadeh

Research visits, short courses and schools

  • Academic English Writing (April 9 2019)
    • BIEN Soft Skill Workshops, DIW, Berlin
    • Instructor: Tim Korver
  • Analyzing network dynamics and peer influence processes with RSiena (June 26th; 6 hours: 9:00-16:00)
    • XXXVIII Sunbelt Conference on Social Network analysis June 26-July 1, 2018, Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands
    • Instructors: Christian Steglich, Robert Krause
  • Visualizing Social Networks. How to Create Meaningful and Compelling Network Drawings (June 27th; 3 hours: 9:00-12:00)
    • XXXVIII Sunbelt Conference on Social Network analysis June 26-July 1, 2018, Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands
    • Instructors: Juergen Pfeffer, Mirco Schonfeld
  • PhD. Research Visit (2.5 months - April 2018 - June 2018)
    • Dynamics lab, Geary institute, UCD, Dublin, Ireland
    • Project Title: A quantitative sociology of academic work in an era of hypercompetition and rankings here
    • Supervised by: Diane Payne
  • Course on Bibliometric Network Analysis and Science Mapping Using VOSviewer (April 12-13 2018) here
    • CWTS, Leiden University, Netherlands
    • Instructors: Ludo Waltman, Nees Van Eck
  • PhD. Research Visit (2.5 months - February 2018 - April 2018)
    • CWTS (Centre for Science and Technology Studies), Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands
    • Project Title: A quantitative sociology of academic work in an era of hypercompetition and rankings here
    • Supervised by: Vincent Traag
  • Summer School in “Agent-based modelling for social scientists” (September 4-8 2017)
    • University of Brescia, Italy here
    • Instructors: Flaminio Squazzoni, Simone Gabbriellini, Nicolas Payette, Federico Bianchi
  • Spring School in Python for social scientists (April 12-13 2017)
    • University of Trento, Italy
    • Instructor: Jonathan Bright (Oxford Internet Institute)
  • Summer School in “Agent-based modelling for social scientists” (June 20-24 2016)
    • University of Brescia, Italy
    • Instructors: Flaminio Squazzoni, Simone Gabbriellini, Federico Bianchi
  • Analysis of Longitudinal Social Network Data using RSIENA (June 14th; 3 hours: 9h-12h)
    • 2nd European Conference on Social Networks (EUSN) June 14-17, 2016, Sciences Po, Paris, France
    • Instructors: Tom Snijders, Christian Steglich
  • Temporal Exponential Random Graph Model (TERGM) (June 14th; 3 hours: 16h30-19h30)
    • 2nd European Conference on Social Networks (EUSN) June 14-17, 2016 , Sciences Po, Paris, France
    • Instructors: Lorien Jasny, Michal Bojanowski
  • Doctoral course as seminar series on Social Networks and Organizations, Spring semester 2016, Italian University of Switzerland (USI), Lugano, Switzerland
    • Instructors: Alessandro Lomi, Christoph Stadtfeld, Per Block, Viviana Amati, Paola Zappa
  • 2nd edition Spring school on ERGM (Exponential Random Graph Models) for statistical analysis of Network data (April 18-20 2016)
    • Italian University of Switzerland (USI), Lugano, Switzerland
    • Instructors: Garry Robins, Alessandro Lomi, Paola Zappa
  • PhD. Research Visit (1 month - July 2015)
    • Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Barcelona, Spain
    • Project Title: How to measure Cyber Social Capital comparatively among English, French and Persian users of Online social Networks
    • Supervised by: Jose Luis Molina, Miranda Jessica Lubbers
  • 8th edition of Summer school on Personal Network Analysis (PNA) (July 6-10 2015)
    • Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Barcelona, Spain
    • Instructors: Jose Luis Molina, Miranda Jessica Lubbers, Jürgen Lerner, Rafaelle Vacca, Alejandro García Macías
  • PhD. Research Visit (5 months – February - September 2015)
    • Telecom-Bretagne, Brest, France
    • Project Title: How to measure Cyber Social Capital comparatively among English, French and Persian users of Online social Networks
    • Supervised by: Nicolas Jullien

Research Interests

  • Social Network Analysis (SNA)
  • Networks of scientific collaborations and coauthorship
  • Online Social Network Analysis
  • Social Capital and Cyber Social Capital
  • Organizational network analysis (ONA)

Lectures & Workshops Instructed

  • Workshop Instructor and Organizer in research methods and SNA (Social Network Analysis)
  • University lecturer in field of Sociology for more than two years;
    • Yazd University (12 credits: Basic Sociology at B.A level, 2 credits (twice); Sociology of Third world countries at B.A level, 2 credits; Sociology of Delinquent Behavior, B.A Level, 2 credits, Sociology of Social Stratification and Inequalities, B.A Level, 2 credits (twice)
    • University Of Applied Science & Technology (lecturer code: 902022826),
      • Imam Khomeini Branch of Tehran (Basic Sociology at B.A level, 2 credits; Basics of Iranian Social History at B.A level, 2 credits)

Research works & publications

Journals

  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar, Casnici, Niccolo, Squazzoni, Flaminio (2017) The conundrum of research productivity: a study on sociologists in Italy, Scientometrics, (Access here)
  • Squazzoni, Flaminio, Akbaritabar, Aliakbar (2017) Internationalizing Sociology in Italy, 1970s-2010s, Global Dialogue, ISA (International Sociological Association), Volume 7, Issue 3, 10-11 here & here
  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar, Hezarjaribi, Jafar, Jullien, Nicolas (2015) A tool for dynamic measurement of social capital embedded in Online Social Networks, Grafo working papers, electronic journal, Issue 4, Nº 04/y1. ISSN: 2014-5993 (Access here)
  • Eskandaripour, Ebrahim, Akbaritabar, Aliakbar (2014) How to do a scientific research on media (TV & Radio) related pages on social networking sites A Mixed Method, Quarterly Journal of Communication Research, Winter 2014, Tehran, Iran (In Persian)
  • Nazifi, Morteza, Mokarami, Hamidreza, Akbaritabar, Aliakbar, Kalte, Haji Omid, Rahi, Amid (2014) Psychometric Properties of the Persian Translation of Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, Health Scope, 3(2): 1-4
  • Nazifi, M., Mokarami, H. R., Akbaritabar, Aliakbar, K., Faraji Kujerdi, M., Tabrizi, R., & Rahi, A. (2014). Reliability, Validity and Factor Structure of the Persian Translation of General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28) in Hospitals of Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Journal of Fasa University of Medical Sciences, 3(4), 336-342 (In Persian)
  • Shaverdi, Meisam, Eskandaripour, Ebrahim, Akbaritabar, Aliakbar (2013) Developing sustainable SCM evaluation model using fuzzy AHP in publishing industry, Elsevier (Procedia Computer Science series), March 10, 2013, This paper have been published in proceeding of International Conference on Information Technology and Quantitative Management (ITQM 2013), May 16-18, 2013 in Suzhou, China
  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar, Mokarami, H., Nazifi, M., Rahi, A., & Hosseinpouri, M. (2013). Psychometric properties of Spector’s job satisfaction survey in the Iranian population, Koomesh, 14(3), 335-341 (In Persian)
  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar (2012) A Meta-Analysis of SNA Textbooks, special issue on Social Networks, Ketab-e-Mah magazine, Tehran, Iran (In Persian)
  • Hosseini, Mostajad, Hezarjaribi, Jafar, Akbaritabar, Aliakbar (2012) Globalization and its impacts on Social Welfare, Welfare planning and social development, 4, 71-122, and presented in the first Iranian conference on Social welfare (In Persian)
  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar, Hezarjaribi, Jafar, Hosseini, Mostajad (2012) ICTs and their relationship with Social Welfare, Society, culture and media (In Persian)

Conferences and Talks

  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar, Stahlschmidt, Stephan (2019) Merits and Limits: Applying open data to monitor Open Access publications in bibliometric databases, 17th International Conference on Scientometrics & Informetrics (ISSI), Sapienza University, September 2-5, 2019, Rome, Italy
  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar (2019) Italian sociology: a community of disconnected groups, IV Conferenza Nazionale delle Dottorande e dei Dottorandi in Scienze Sociali, Sapienza University, September 5-6, 2019, Rome, Italy
  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar, Squazzoni, Flaminio (2019) Quantitative Sociology of Academic Work, Science studies organized panel, 5th International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2), July 17-20, 2019, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar, Stahlschmidt, Stephan (2019) Merits and Limits: Applying open data to monitor open access publications in bibliometric databases, Workshop on Matching procedures for Unpaywall and Web of Science, Bielefeld University, June 18, 2019, Bielefeld, Germany
  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar (2019) A spatial scientometric and network analysis of Higher Education Research and Science Studies (HERSS), International symposium on Academia in the Age of Comparison: Methodological and Empirical Perspectives in an Interdisciplinary Dialogue, Leibniz Center for Science and Society (LCSS) of Hanover University, June 13-14, 2019, Hanover, Germany
  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar (2019) Dashboards for academic reports? Introducing HERSS Dashboard (Key Actors in Higher Education Research and Science Studies), Research Colloquium, German Center for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW), February 19, 2018, Berlin, Germany
  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar, Squazzoni, Flaminio (2018) Co-authorship strategies of Social Networks authors, Scientific Networks organized panel, XXXVIII Sunbelt conference, June 26-July 1, 2018, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar, Squazzoni, Flaminio (2018) Tweet review: a network study on tweets about peer review, PEERE (New Frontiers of Peer Review) conference, March 7-9 2018, CNRS, Rome, Italy here and here
  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar (2018) A quantitative sociology of academic work in an era of hypercompetition and rankings; a collection of three studies, CTWS (Centre for Science and Technology Studies) seminars, February 16, 2018, Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands here
  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar, Squazzoni, Flaminio (2018) Gender and ethnic patterns of publication in top sociology journals (Success stories only!), GECS (research Group in Experimental and Computational Sociology) seminars, January 10, 2018, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy here
  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar, (2017) Iranian’s Cyber Social Capital A comparative SNA study on a sample of English, French and Persian speaking users of Facebook & Google plus, SNA group, Iranian Sociological Association - June 19th, 2017, Tehran, Iran
  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar, Casnici, Niccolo, Squazzoni, Flaminio (2017) Contexts that matter the most: Institutional embeddedness of research productivity of sociologists in Italy, GECS (research Group in Experimental and Computational Sociology) seminars, January 13, 2017, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy here
  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar, (2016) how do scholars collaborate with each other? Comparative study on Co-authorship Networks of Scholars Worldwide Using Big Data, Second European Conference on Social Networks (EUSN), June 14-17, 2016, Paris, France (video here) and here
  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar, Hezarjaribi, jafar (2015) Virtual/Cyber Social Capital; a new method to measure Online Social Capital, 35th Sunbelt Organized by INSNA, June 23th -28th, Brighton, UK (here)
  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar, Eskandaripour, Ebrahim, Ahmadigharacheh, Ehsan (2015) Virtual/Cyber Social Capital; a new method to measure Online Social Capital, 1st Annual Computational Social Science Summit: Collaborative Futures, 15-17 May 2015, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, USA (Poster presentation and here)
  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar (2013) Organizational Network Analysis (ONA): How Social Media will change the way Information is shared in Organizations, Second National Conference on Social Media day, May 2013, Tehran, Iran
  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar, Hezarjaribi, Jafar (2013) How Online Social Networks shape youth’s Lifestyle and Leisure time, National Congress on Lifestyle and leisure Time, July 2013, Shiraz University, Iran
  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar (2011) Book-based Group Activities in Social Networking Sites, Case study of U24.ir, Conference on Book and Social Media, January 2011, Tehran, Iran
  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar (2011) How to use SNA in study of online social networks, Conference on Online Social Networks and Everyday Life, May 2011, Tehran University, Tehran, Iran
  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar (2011) Factors Related with Students’ Commitment to University, INTED2011 (International Technology, Education and Development Conference), 7th-9th of March, 2011, Valencia, Spain
  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar, Saei, Ali, Khodaei, Ebrahim (2011) Youth Responsibility In Online Social Networks: Case Study of U24.ir, National Conference on Youth Responsibility, May 2011, Shiraz University, Shiraz
  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar, Boostani, Darioush (2011) Sociological Pathology of Medical Education in Iran, 12th National Conference on Medical Education, May 2011, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran (done with in-depth interview as data collection method)
  • Jabbareh, Mohammad Amin, Akbaritabar, Aliakbar, Abdolah Zade, Amir (2010) Study on Trends of Research in Materials Science, 4th Integrated Conference of Metallurgy Engineers and Iran’s Scientific Committee of Casting, November 2010, Iran university of Science and Technology, Tehran Iran

Scholarships & Awards

  • 3-years PhD scholarship in Economic Sociology, University of Milan, Funded by University of Brescia, Italy
  • Six months research visit scholarship by ministry of science, research and technology of Iran to continue study on PhD thesis research, “Iranian’s Cyber Social Capital” and to stay abroad, spent in LUSSI (Logique des usages, sciences sociales et de l’information) department of Telecom-Bretagne, Brest, France
  • PhD thesis research titled as: “Online Social Network Users’ Cyber Social Capital” has been awarded a Scholarship (tuition fee waiver) and has been presented in 8th edition of the Summer Course, Methods and Applications of Personal Networks (2 ECTS*) at the UAB, Barcelona, Spain, from 6th to 10th of July 2015
  • PhD thesis research titled as: “Online Social Network Users’ Cyber Social Capital” has been awarded a Scholarship (tuition fee discount) to be presented in summer course on Big Data and Society in University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, from 6th to 17th of July 2015

Accepted but not presented (due to financial, visa or personal issues)

  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar, Stahlschmidt, Stephan, Clemens, Blumel (2019) Giving cRedit: Acknowledging R packages in scientific publications, accepted to be presented, useR!2019, July 9-12, 2019, Toulouse, France
  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar, Bianchi, Federico, Jullien, Nicolas (2017) Fairness and Reciprocity in Online Communities. A Large-Scale Survey Experiment among French Wikipedia Users, accepted to be presented, 3rd European social networks conference, September 26-29, 2017, Mainz, Germany
  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar, Hezarjaribi, Jafar, Jullien, Nicolas (2015) Virtual/Cyber Social Capital; a new method to measure Online Social Capital, accepted to be presented and published in The 2015 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM), August 25-28, 2015, Paris, France here
  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar (2013) A SNA Study on Iranian Online Social Networks; Case Study of Doreh and U24, accepted for presentation at 33th Sunbelt Organized by INSNA, May 21th-26th, 2013, Hamburg, Germany
  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar (2011) A SNA Study of Social Networking Sites, accepted for presentation at 7th UKSNA, July 7th-9th, 2011, University of Greenwich, UK
  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar (2011) A SNA Study of Online Social Networks, accepted for presentation at 1st Global Conference on Social Networking Revolutions, September 7-9, 2011, Washington University, USA
  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar, Nosrati Nezhad, Farhad (2011) Muslim Thinkers Social thoughts; case study of Seyed Hossein Nasr, accepted for presentation at conference of Social Thoughts and Sociology in Contemporary Middle East, May 2011, Iranian Sociological Association, Tehran, Iran
  • Akbaritabar, Aliakbar, Eskandaripour, Ebrahim, Zanjari, Nasibe (2011) A SNA and Netnography Study of Social Networking Sites, accepted for presentation in 1st Asia-Pacific Conference on Qualitative Research in Web 2.0, Macau China

Language Skills

  • Persian (Farsi) and Turkish (as mother tongues)
  • English
    • TOEFL IBT 2015; overall score: 96/120 (R: 23, L: 24, S: 22, W: 27)
    • TOEFL IBT 2013; overall score: 82/120 (R: 16, L: 22, S: 22, W: 22)
    • TOEFL PBT 2010; overall score: 550/677 (W: 4/6)
  • Arabic (Basic level, only in reading and writing)
  • Italian (Intermediate level)
  • German (just started!)

Professional software Skills

  • Excellence in R statistical programming language for diverse tasks in data gathering and web scrapping, data cleaning and manipulation, data analysis and modeling, network analysis and dynamic reports generation with Shiny and R Markdown
  • Excellence in Social Network Analysis, Software like: igraph, Pajek, Ucinet, NodeXL, Gephi, Cytoscape
  • Excellence in file version control and tracking with Git and Github (here) and here read my post on Git & Github (or Gitlab) for academic writing
  • Excellence in Statistical Analysis Software like: SPSS, Stata.
  • Excellence in Microsoft Office Programs
  • Excellence in VBA (Visual Basic Application) in order to automate tasks in Microsoft Office
  • Basic knowledge of Python for data analysis and web scrapping
  • Basic knowledge in Qualitative Analysis Software like: Nvivo

Other

  • Member of organizing team of first satRday conference in Berlin, June 15 2019, Berlin, Germany
  • I have peer reviewed scientific articles for Journal of Informetrics, Science and Public Policy, STI2018 (Science, Technology and Innovation indicators in transition) and ISSI&STI2019 conferences.
  • I co-organize the first Berlin satRday conference with a group of local academics and data scientists on June 15th 2019
  • Founder & Editor In Chief of www.OnlineSNA.wordpress.com website for publishing scientific contents about Social Network Analysis. (In Persian)
  • Work experience as R & D expert and social media strategist in Sooremehr publication company in Iran, September 2011 - December 2013
  • Work experience as data analyst at MCI (Hamrah-e-Avval, first and largest mobile operator company in Iran), January 2014 - May 2014
  • Manager of Persian website of www.Networkanalysis.ir publishing scientific contents about Organizational Network Analysis. (not accessible at the moment)
  • Member of International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA), 2015-6
  • Member of Iranian National Association of Social Welfare
  • Interview with institute about Social Village (here and here)
  • Excellent Teamwork skills
  • Cycling and running enthusiast Strava Profile