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Research evaluation and journal quality weights: Much ado about nothing?

  • Matthias Krapf

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    (Department of Economics, University of Konstanz, Germany)

Research evaluations based on quality weighted publication output are often criticized on account of the employed journal quality weights. This study shows that evaluations of entire research organizations are very robust with respect to the choice of readily available weighting schemes. We document this robustness by applying rather different weighting schemes to otherwise identical rankings. Our unit of analysis consists of German, Austrian and Swiss university departments in business administration and economics.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Konstanz in its series Working Paper Series of the Department of Economics, University of Konstanz with number 2010-02.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 20 Jul 2010
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Handle: RePEc:knz:dpteco:1002
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