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On measuring scientific influence

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  • Ravallion, Martin
  • Wagstaff, Adam

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Bibliometric 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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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 5375.

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Date of creation: 01 Jul 2010
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:5375

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Keywords: Information Security&Privacy; Economic Theory&Research; Information and Records Management; Tertiary Education; Knowledge for Development;

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  1. Ravallion, Martin & Wagstaff, Adam, 2010. "The World Bank's publication record," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5374, The World Bank.

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