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From Zero To Infinity: The Use Of Impact Factors In The Evaluation Of Economic Research In Spain

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  • SALVADOR CARMONA

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    In the present study, we examine the use of short lists of journals in order to assess research performance in Spain - a country that features a rare combination of a thin and incomplete academic market along with an elite of eminent economists. Our analysis reveals that the implementation of bibliometric tools to produce short lists of journals for assessment purposes entail problems with the statistical significance of cutoff rates, neglect of the interdisciplinary nature of economics, and an inability to track progress in academic markets that move towards internationalization and publications in top-tier, premier outlets.

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    Paper provided by Instituto de Empresa, Area of Economic Environment in its series Working Papers Economia with number wp05-22.

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    Length: 28 pages
    Date of creation: May 2005
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    Handle: RePEc:emp:wpaper:wp05-22

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    1. Javier Ruiz-Castillo, 2008. "Economics research in Spain during the 1990s: a literature review," Spanish Economic Review, Springer, vol. 10(3), pages 221-249, September.
    2. Javier Ruiz-Castillo, 2006. "La Investigación En Economía En España Durante Los Años 90: Una Revisión De La Literatura," Documentos de Trabajo de Economía de060201, Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Economía.

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