nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2012‒01‒10
two papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. The citation merit of scientific publications By Juan A. Crespo; Ignacio Ortuño Ortíz; Javier Ruiz-Castillo
  2. An evaluation of the Greek Universities Economics Departments By Stelios Katranidis; Theodore Panagiotidis; Costas Zontanos

  1. By: Juan A. Crespo; Ignacio Ortuño Ortíz; Javier Ruiz-Castillo
    Abstract: We propose a new method to assess the merit of any set of scientific papers in a given field based on the citations they receive. Given a citation indicator, such as the mean citation or the h-index, we identify the merit of a given set of n articles with the probability that a randomly drawn sample of n articles from a reference set of articles in that field presents a lower citation index. The method allows for comparisons between research units of different sizes and fields. Using a dataset acquired from Thomson Scientific that contains the articles published in the periodical literature in the period 1998-2007, we show that the novel approach yields rankings of research units different from those obtained by a direct application of the mean citation or the h-index.
    Keywords: Citation analysis, Citation merit, Mean citation, h-index
    Date: 2011–10
  2. By: Stelios Katranidis (Department of Economics, University of Macedonia); Theodore Panagiotidis (Department of Economics, University of Macedonia); Costas Zontanos (University of Macedonia)
    Abstract: This study provides a ranking of Economics Departments of Greek Universities. Contrary to the existing literature, we look directly at the citations of the faculty members as a measure of academic performance and avoid the classification of journals. Additionally, the country of the PhD studies was found to be a significant variable that can explain the productivity of Greek economists. PhD holders from US and UK universities are characterised by higher productivity compared to the rest.
    Keywords: Economics Department, ranking, Greece.
    JEL: A11 A20
    Date: 2012–01

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