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Evaluating Scholars Based on their Academic Collaboration Activities: The RC-Index and CC-Index for Quantifying Collaboration Activities of Researchers and Scientific Communities

  • Alireza Abbasi
  • Jorn Altmann

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  • Junseok Hwang

    (Technology Management, Economics, and Policy Program (TEMEP), Seoul National University)

Although there are many studies for quantifying the academic performance of researchers, such as measuring the scientific performance based on the number of publications, there are no studies about quantifying the collaboration activities of researchers. This study addresses this shortcoming by examining the collaboration network structure of researchers, the number of collaborations with other researchers, and the productivity index of co-authors. Based on the measures, two new indices, the RC-Index and CC-Index, are proposed for quantifying the collaboration activities of researchers and scientific communities. After applying these indices on a data set generated from publication list of five schools of information systems, we discuss the usefulness of these indices.

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Paper provided by Seoul National University; Technology Management, Economics, and Policy Program (TEMEP) in its series TEMEP Discussion Papers with number 200915.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2009
Date of revision: Sep 2009
Publication status: Published in Scientometrics, vol.83, no.1, pp.1-13, Springer, April 2010
Handle: RePEc:snv:dp2009:200915
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