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The Intellectual Influence of Economic Journals: Quality versus Quantity

  • Kóczy László
  • Nichifor Alexandru

    (METEOR)

The evaluation of scienti fic output has a key role in the allocation of research funds andacademic positions. Decisions are often based on quality indicators for academic journals and overthe years a handful of scoring methods have been proposed for this purpose. Discussing the mostprominent methods (de facto standards) we show that they do not distinguish quality from quantityat article level. The systematic bias we fi nd is analytically tractable and implies that themethods are manipulable. We introduce modi fied methods that correct for this bias, and use themto provide rankings of economic journals. Our methodology is transparent; our results are replicable.

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Paper provided by Maastricht University, Maastricht Research School of Economics of Technology and Organization (METEOR) in its series Research Memorandum with number 025.

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