On measuring scientific influence
AbstractBibliometric measures based on citations are widely used in assessing the scientific publication records of authors, institutions and journals. Yet currently favored measures lack a clear conceptual foundation and are known to have counter-intuitive properties. The authors propose a new approach that is grounded on a theoretical"influence function,"representing explicit prior beliefs about how citations reflect influence. They provide conditions for robust qualitative comparisons of influence -- conditions that can be implemented using readily-available data. An example is provided using the economics publication records of selected universities and the World Bank.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 5375.
Date of creation: 01 Jul 2010
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Information Security&Privacy; Economic Theory&Research; Information and Records Management; Tertiary Education; Knowledge for Development;
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"The World Bank’s publication record,"
The Review of International Organizations,
Springer, vol. 7(4), pages 343-368, December.
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