Comparative Views on Research Productivity Differences between Major Social Science Fields in Vietnam: Structured Data and Bayesian Analysis, 2008–2018

29 Pages Posted: 2 Dec 2019

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Quan Hoang Vuong

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management; Phenikaa University

Viet-Phuong La

Vuong & Associates

Thu-Trang Vuong

Vuong & Associates; Sciences Po, Students

Mạnh Tùng Hồ

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Minh-Hoang Nguyen

Centre for Interdisciplinary Social Research, Phenikaa University ; Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Manh-Toan Ho

Vuong & Associates; Phenikaa University, Center for Interdisciplinary Social Research, Students; Thanh Tay University

Date Written: January 1, 2020

Abstract

Since Circular 34 from the Ministry of Science and Technology of Vietnam required the head of the national project to have project results published in ISI/Scopus journals in 2014, the field of economics has been dominating the number of nationally-funded projects in social sciences and humanities. However, there has been no scientometric study that focuses on the difference in productivity among fields in Vietnam. Thus, harnessing the power of the SSHPA database (sshpa.com), a comprehensive dataset of 1,564 Vietnamese authors (854 males, 705 females) with 2,410 publications in the 2008–2018 period was extracted and analyzed. Various factors were considered including age, gender, new authors, leading authors, co-authorship, and Impact Factor. The findings suggest a high level of contribution from authors at the age of 40–44 in economics (858 publications) in a 12-years period, which is equivalent to the social medicine total output, and two times more than the total output of the education. Moreover, the presence and reinforcement of male researchers are still dominating in Economics and other fields, with the only exception of education. Despite the rapid rise in the number of Vietnamese lead authors, gender disparity among disciplines is an issue. Contrary to the strong international collaboration-oriented tendency in social medicine, economics, and other fields, educational authors are not open to international collaborating. Finally, most of the publications in economics belong to the group with JIF from 0 to 2, in contrast with the high number of social medicine publications with JIF from 2 to 5, which suggesting the field of economics is fulfilling the quantity, but still, need more quality publications.

Keywords: Social sciences and humanities; economics; social medicine; education; scientific productivity; SSHPA database

Suggested Citation

Vuong, Quan Hoang and La, Viet-Phuong and Vuong, Thu-Trang and Hồ, Mạnh Tùng and Nguyen, Minh-Hoang and Ho, Manh-Toan, Comparative Views on Research Productivity Differences between Major Social Science Fields in Vietnam: Structured Data and Bayesian Analysis, 2008–2018 (January 1, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3488293 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3488293

Quan Hoang Vuong

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Mạnh Tùng Hồ

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University ( email )

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Minh-Hoang Nguyen

Centre for Interdisciplinary Social Research, Phenikaa University ( email )

Hanoi
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Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University ( email )

Beppu
Japan

Manh-Toan Ho (Contact Author)

Vuong & Associates ( email )

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Dong Da District
Hanoi, 100000
Vietnam

Phenikaa University, Center for Interdisciplinary Social Research, Students ( email )

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Thanh Tay University ( email )

Yen Nghia Ward, Ha Dong District
Hanoi, 100803
Vietnam

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