Publishing in Public Administration: Issues with Defining, Comparing and Ranking the Output of Universities

Van de Walle, S. & van Delft, R. (2014). Publishing in Public Administration: Issues with Defining, Comparing and Ranking the Output of Universities. International Public Management Journal, Forthcoming

29 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2014

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Steven Van de Walle

KU Leuven - Department of Political Science; Erasmus University Rotterdam - Department of Public Administration

Roxanne van Delft

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Public Administration

Date Written: April 15, 2014

Abstract

The measurement and comparison of the public administration output of universities is an important means for mapping the state of the field. Yet, such exercises are very sensitive to design choices made in the ranking and measurement methodology. Following an overview of existing research on journal reputation and quality in Public Administration and studies of institutional reputation and productivity, this paper presents five alternative rankings of journal article output in Public Administration to illustrate how rankings of universities in the field of Public Administration vary depending on what is considered to be a 'good journal'. Article output extracted from Web of Science and Scopus for the period 2009-2013 is used. It was found that using SSCI Journal Citation Reports as opposed to journal reputation has a considerable effect on the regional composition of the rankings. The article discusses key challenges in measuring and ranking article output in the discipline of Public Administration.

Keywords: impact factors, publishing, ranking, performance, university management

JEL Classification: D73, I20, I21, I29, I28

Suggested Citation

Van de Walle, Steven and van Delft, Roxanne, Publishing in Public Administration: Issues with Defining, Comparing and Ranking the Output of Universities (April 15, 2014). Van de Walle, S. & van Delft, R. (2014). Publishing in Public Administration: Issues with Defining, Comparing and Ranking the Output of Universities. International Public Management Journal, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2425075

Steven Van de Walle (Contact Author)

KU Leuven - Department of Political Science ( email )

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Roxanne Van Delft

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Public Administration ( email )

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
Rotterdam, 3062
Netherlands

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