am the head of Scholarly Communication Research Group at the Center for Public Policy Studies (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań) and a policy advisor for the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland. I got my PhD (2011) and habilitation (2016) in philosophy. Currently, I am the chairman of the Commission for the Evaluation of Scientific Journals and Publishers
 and a member of the Committee for Evaluation of Scientific Units in the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland.

In my research, I focus on two major fields. The first one is research evaluation, in particular scholarly communication, academic publishing, and Open Science. My recent papers were published in Nature, Research Evaluation, Journal of Informetrics, Scientometrics, and Aslib Journal of Information Management.

The other field is philosophy of communication and communication metatheory. I am the author of two books in Polish: Theorizing Communication (2012) and Two Aspects of Communication. Foundations of Communication History (2015).

In 2016, I was awarded a Scholarship for Outstanding Young Scientists in Poland (2016–2019). In 2018, I was a laureate of the scientific award of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

As part of my research, I try to go beyond the walls of the Academy. Therefore, I write popular science articles and essays. For many years, I have conducted seminars and workshops on scholarly communication.

Since 2010, I have been writing an academic blog entitled “Warsztat badacza” (“Scholar’s Workshop”), where I discuss scholarly communication, research evaluation, science policy, and other issues related to the daily work of researchers. Although I write only in Polish, my blog has over 30.000 unique readers per month.


The results of my research were presented in several publications. Below are the ones that are most important and, at the same time, most representative. A complete list of my publications can be found on my Google Scholar Citations profile. As I wholeheartedly support Open Science and Open Access, almost of all my previous papers can be downloaded in the PDF format.

Publication Patterns

Kulczycki, E., Engels, T. C. E., Pölönen, J., Bruun, K., Dušková, M., Guns, R., Nowotniak, R., et al. (2018). Publication patterns in the social sciences and humanities: evidence from eight European countries, Scientometrics. DOI: 10.1007/s11192-018-2711-0 [PDF]

Engels, T. C. E., Istenič Starčič, A., Kulczycki, E., Pölönen, J., & Sivertsen, G. (2018). Are book publications disappearing from scholarly communication in the social sciences and humanities? „Aslib Journal of Information Management”, AJIM-05-2018-0127. doi:10.1108/AJIM-05-2018-0127 [PDF]

Kulczycki, E., Engels, T., Nowotniak., R. (2017). Publication patterns in the social sciences and humanities in Flanders and Poland. In: Proceedings of ISSI 2017 Wuhan: 16th International Society of Scientometrics and Informetrics Conference, Wuhan, China, 16–20 October 2017, pp. 95–104. [PDF]

Fake Academia

Sorokowski P., Kulczycki E., Sorokowska A., & Pisanski, K. (2017). Predatory journals recruit fake editor. Nature, 543, 481-483. DOI: 10.1038/543481a [PDF]

Evaluation of scholarly publications

Kulczycki, E. (2018). The diversity of monographs: Changing landscape of book evaluation in Poland. Aslib Journal of Information Management. doi:10.1108/AJIM-03-2018-0062 [Link]

Kulczycki, E. (2017) Assessing publications through a bibliometric indicator: The case of comprehensive evaluation of scientific units in Poland. Research Evaluation. doi: 10.1093/reseval/rvw023 [Link]

Kulczycki, E., Rozkosz, E.A., (2017). Does an expert-based evaluation allow us to go beyond the Impact Factor? Experiences from building a ranking of national journals in Poland, Scientometrics. doi:10.1007/s11192-017-2261-x [PDF]

Giménez-Toledo E., Mañana-Rodríguez J., Engels T.C.E., Guns R., Kulczycki E., Ochsner M., Pölönen, J., Sivertsen, G., Zuccala, A.A. (2018). Taking scholarly books into account, part II: a comparison of 19 European countries in evaluation and funding. Scientometrics. 2018; doi:10.1007/s11192-018-2956-7 [Link]

Sīle, L., Pölönen, J., Sivertsen, G., Guns, R., Engels, T.C.E., Arefiev, P., Dušková, M., Faurbæk, L., Holl, A., Kulczycki, E., Nelhans, G., Petr, M., Pisk, M., Soós, S., Stojanovski, J., Stone, A., Šušol, J., Teitelbaum, R. (2018). Comprehensiveness of national bibliographic databases for social sciences and humanities: findings from a European survey, Research Evaluation. doi:10.1093/reseval/rvy016 [PDF]

Kulczycki, E., Korzeń, M., Korytkowski, P. (2017). Toward an excellence-based research funding system: Evidence from Poland. Journal of Informetrics. doi:10.1016/j.joi.2017.01.001 [Link]

Philosophy of Communication

[Monograph] Kulczycki, E. Dwa aspekty komunikacji. Założenia komunikologii historycznej  [Two Aspects of Communication. Foundations of Communication History], Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, Poznań 2015, pp. 282. [PDF]

[Monograph] Kulczycki, E. Teoretyzowanie komunikacji [Theorizing Communication], Wydawnictwo Naukowe Instytutu Filozofii UAM, Poznań 2012, pp. 222. [PDF]

Kulczycki, E. (2016). Rethinking Open Science: The Role of Communication, Annals of the University of Craiova – Philosophy Series, Vol. 37 (1), 81–97. [PDF]

Kulczycki, E. (2014). On the philosophical status of the transmission metaphor, Central European Journal of Communication, Vol. 7 , No 2 (13), 175–188. [PDF]

Kulczycki, E. (2014). Communication History and Its Research Subject, Annals of the University of Craiova – Philosophy Series, Vol. 33 (1), 132–155. [PDF]

Research Projects

Evaluation Game in Academia

Research into Excellence Patterns in Science and Art

Contemporary Polish Humanities in the face of the Challenges of Scientometrics

European Network for Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences and the Humanities

A History of the Idea of Communication. Transformations of Communication Practices in the light of the Philosophy of Culture