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On some flaws of university rankings: The example of the SCImago report

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Using France as our main example, we show there is a much scope for improving the SCImago ranking. We detect problems of nomenclature, double affiliation, aggregation and of bias toward large public-funded research organizations. The output per scholar is more important than the output per organization. The examples we cite suggest that only detailed knowledge of the situation can help in addressing the issue and take us beyond any automatic reading of the metadata.

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  • de Mesnard, Louis, 2012. "On some flaws of university rankings: The example of the SCImago report," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 41(5), pages 495-499.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:41:y:2012:i:5:p:495-499 DOI: 10.1016/j.socec.2012.04.011
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    1. Cyrenne, Philippe & Grant, Hugh, 2009. "University decision making and prestige: An empirical study," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 28(2), pages 237-248, April.
    2. González-Pereira, Borja & Guerrero-Bote, Vicente P. & Moya-Anegón, Félix, 2010. "A new approach to the metric of journals’ scientific prestige: The SJR indicator," Journal of Informetrics, Elsevier, vol. 4(3), pages 379-391.
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    Keywords

    SCImago; SJR; University ranking; Aggregation; Affiliation;

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    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics

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