On Measuring Scientific Influence
22 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2016
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
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