Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches, to the Study of Mobility and Scientific Performance: a Case Study of a Spanish University Articles uri icon

publication date

  • September 2009

start page

  • 191

end page

  • 200


  • 3


  • 18

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0958-2029

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1471-5449


  • In this study we analyse the relationship between mobility and scientific performance in a Spanish university. We used different sources: an institutional database (Universitas XXI) to obtain information about the scientific activity and personal data of researchers, and bibliographic databases (WoS, ICYT and ISOC) to complete the study of scientific output. A select number of researchers was interviewed to gather additional information about the importance of mobility in the academic career and to obtain other subjective results from research stays. Through this quantitative and qualitative approach, we concluded that there is a strong relationship between mobility, productivity, visibility and international collaboration. We propose this methodology mix for the study of other academic institutions.