On Measuring Scientific Influence

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Martin Ravallion

Georgetown University

Adam Wagstaff

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Date Written: July 1, 2010


Bibliometric measures based on citations are widely used in assessing the scientific publication records of authors, institutions and journals. Yet currently favored measures lack a clear conceptual foundation and are known to have counter-intuitive properties. The authors propose a new approach that is grounded on a theoretical "influence function," representing explicit prior beliefs about how citations reflect influence. They provide conditions for robust qualitative comparisons of influence -- conditions that can be implemented using readily-available data. An example is provided using the economics publication records of selected universities and the World Bank.

Keywords: Information Security & Privacy, Economic Theory & Research, Information and Records Management, Tertiary Education, Knowledge for Development

Suggested Citation

Ravallion, Martin and Wagstaff, Adam, On Measuring Scientific Influence (July 1, 2010). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5375. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1647519

Martin Ravallion (Contact Author)

Georgetown University ( email )

Washington, DC 20057
United States

Adam Wagstaff

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) ( email )

1818 H. Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433
United States

HOME PAGE: http://econ.worldbank.org/staff/awagstaff

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