nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2010‒10‒09
seven papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. Research evaluation and journal quality weights: Much ado about nothing? By Matthias Krapf
  2. Inferring Missing Citations: A Quantitative Multi-Criteria Ranking of all Journals in Economics By Pierre-Philippe Combes; Laurent Linnemer
  3. Let’s make science metrics more scientific By Julia Lane
  4. Speicherung und Publikation von Forschungsdaten. Der Beitrag der Deutschen Zentralbibliothek für Wirtschaftswissenschaften By Olaf Siegert
  5. Information-Sharing in Academia and the Industry: A Comparative Study By Carolin Haeussler
  6. Recommendations for Expanding the Research Infrastructure for the Social, Economic, and Behavioral Sciences By German Data Forum (RatSWD)
  7. Science Metrics: The Issues and New Approaches By Julia Lane

  1. By: Matthias Krapf (Department of Economics, University of Konstanz, Germany)
    Abstract: Research evaluations based on quality weighted publication output are often criticized on account of the employed journal quality weights. This study shows that evaluations of entire research organizations are very robust with respect to the choice of readily available weighting schemes. We document this robustness by applying rather different weighting schemes to otherwise identical rankings. Our unit of analysis consists of German, Austrian and Swiss university departments in business administration and economics.
    Keywords: Research evaluation, university management
    JEL: I20
    Date: 2010–07–20
  2. By: Pierre-Philippe Combes (GREQAM - Groupement de Recherche en Économie Quantitative d'Aix-Marseille - Université de la Méditerranée - Aix-Marseille II - Université Paul Cézanne - Aix-Marseille III - Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) - CNRS : UMR6579); Laurent Linnemer (CREST - Centre de Recherche en Économie et Statistique - INSEE - École Nationale de la Statistique et de l'Administration Économique)
    Abstract: This paper presents a novel ranking of economics journals. Our methodology is the following. First, we construct an index to rank the 304 journals recorded in the Thomson Reuters (JCR) database, for which citation counts exist. This index combines (sophisticated) citation indexes, field of specialization normalized indexes, and a h-index based on Google Scholar citations. Moreover this index puts forward journals in economics. Second, we extend this index to the 898 EconLit non JCR journals. We estimate a model in which the index is explained by the score of the journal's authors and its Google Scholar citations. Finally we use the estimated model to predict the value of the index for the non JCR journals. Therefore we obtain a consistent ranking index of all EconLit journals.
    Keywords: Economics of science, Journals assessment, Research citations
    Date: 2010–09–22
  3. By: Julia Lane
    Date: 2010
  4. By: Olaf Siegert
    Abstract: Die ZBW (Deutsche Zentralbibliothek für Wirtschaftswissenschaften) beschäftigt sich vor allem im Kontext ihrer Open-Access-Aktivitäten mit Forschungsdaten. Dabei stehen die Daten nicht allein, sondern sind jeweils auf eine bestimmte Text-Publikation bezogen und werden mit dieser zusammen veröffentlicht („related data“). Im Vortrag wird anhand des Open-Access-Journals „Economics“ und des EU-Projekts „NEEO – Networked of European Economists Online“ dargestellt, in welcher Form Forschungsdaten hier eine Rolle spielen und welche spezifischen Rahmenbedingungen für das Management der Daten bestehen. Daran anschließend werden die gewählten technischen und organisatorischen Lösungen zur Speicherung und Bereitstellung vorgestellt.
    Keywords: Open Access, Research Data, Scientific Use, Public Use
    JEL: C89 L86
    Date: 2010
  5. By: Carolin Haeussler
    Abstract: This paper investigates how scientists decide whether to share information with their colleagues or not. Detailed data on the decisions of 1,694 bio-scientists allow to detect similarities and differences between academia-based and industry-based scientists. Arguments from social capital theory are applied to explain why individuals share information even at (temporary) personal cost. In both realms, the results suggest that the likelihood of sharing decreases with the competitive value of the requested information. Factors related to social capital, i.e., expected reciprocity and the extent to which a scientist’s community conforms to the norm of open science,either directly affect information-sharing or moderate competitive interest considerations on information-sharing. The effect depends on the system to which a scientist belongs.
    Keywords: information-sharing; social capital; reciprocity; open science; bio-sciences; IP protection mechanisms
    Date: 2010
  6. By: German Data Forum (RatSWD)
    Keywords: KVI
    Date: 2010
  7. By: Julia Lane
    Abstract: This paper documents the presentation slides of the 1st Distinguished Lecture of the German Data Forum (RatSWD), held on 15th September 2010 at the DIW Berlin.
    Date: 2010

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