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Determinants of the international influence of a R&D organisation: a bibliometric approach

  • Aurora A.C. Teixeira


    (INESC Porto; CEFUP, Faculdade de Economia, Universidade do Porto)

  • José Sequeira


    (Porto Vivo - Sociedade de Reabilitação Urbana (SRU); INESC Porto)

Traditionally, studies on the influence and impact of knowledge-producing organisations have been addressed by means of strict economic analysis, stressing their economic impact to a local, regional or national extent. In the present study, an alternative methodology is put forward in order to evaluate the international scientific impact and influence of a knowledge-producing and -diffusing institution. We introduce a new methodology, based on scientometric and bibliometric tools, which complement traditional assessments by considering the influence of a R&D institution when looking at the scientific production undertaken and the recognition of its relevance by its international peer community. Focusing on the most prolific scientific areas of INESC Porto, and resorting to published scientific work recorded in the Science Citation Index (SCI), we show that INESC Porto has enlarged its international scientific network. The logit estimations demonstrate that the wide geographical influence of INESC Porto scientific research is a result not of its international positioning in terms of co-authorships, but rather a result of the quality of its scientific output.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2009
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Handle: RePEc:inc:wpaper:2009-03-wp3
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