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dc.contributor.authorAnderson, David L.
dc.contributor.authorTressler, John
dc.date.accessioned2012-10-09T04:05:04Z
dc.date.available2012-10-09T04:05:04Z
dc.date.issued2011-05
dc.identifier.citationAnderson, D.L. & Tressler, J. (2011). The merits of using citations to measure research output in economics departments: The New Zealand case. (Department of Economics Working Paper Series, Number 11/11). Hamilton, New Zealand: University of Waikato.en_NZ
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10289/6701
dc.description.abstractIn this paper we explore the merits of utilizing citation counts to measure research output in economics in the context of a nation-wide research evaluation scheme. We selected one such system for study: the New Zealand government’s Programme-Based Research Fund (PBRF). Citations were collected for all refereed papers produced by New Zealand’s academic economists over the period 2000 to 2008 using the databases of the ISI/Web of Science and, to a limited extent, Google Scholar. These data allowed us to estimate the time lags in economics between publication of an article and the flow of citations; to demonstrate the impact of alternative definitions of ‘economics-relevant’ journals on citation counts; and to assess the impact of direct citation measures and alternative schemes on departmental and individual performance. Our findings suggest that the time-lags between publication and citing are such that it would be difficult to rely on citations counts to produce a meaningful measure of output in a PBRF-like research evaluation framework, especially one based explicitly on individual assessment.en_NZ
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Waikatoen_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDepartment of Economics Working Paper Series
dc.rights©2011 The Authorsen_NZ
dc.subjectCitationsen_NZ
dc.subjectEconomics departmentsen_NZ
dc.subjectJournal weighting schemesen_NZ
dc.subjectPBRFen_NZ
dc.subjectResearch outputen_NZ
dc.titleThe merits of using citations to measure research output in economics departments: The New Zealand caseen_NZ
dc.typeWorking Paperen_NZ
uow.relation.series11/11
pubs.elements-id54321


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