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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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  • Salvador Carmona, 2005. "From Zero To Infinity: The Use Of Impact Factors In The Evaluation Of Economic Research In Spain," Working Papers Economia wp05-22, Instituto de Empresa, Area of Economic Environment.
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    1. Javier Ruiz-Castillo, 2008. "Economics research in Spain during the 1990s: a literature review," Spanish Economic Review, Springer;Spanish Economic Association, pages 221-249.
    2. Ruiz-Castillo, Javier, 2006. "La investigación en economía en España durante los años 90 : una revisión de la literatura," DE - Documentos de Trabajo. Economía. DE de060201, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Economía.

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