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Are international co-publications an indicator for quality of scientific research?

Schmoch, Ulrich and Schubert, Torben LU (2008) In Scientometrics 74(3). p.361-377
Abstract

This article deals with the role of internationally co-authored papers (co-publications). Specifically, we compare, within a data-set of German research units, citation and co-publication indicators as a proxy for the unobserved quality dimension of scientific research. In that course we will also deal with the question whether both citations and co-publications are considerably related. Our results suggest that, although there is a strong partial correlation between citations and co-publications within a multivariate setting, we cannot use reasonably normalised co-publication indicators as an alternative proxy for quality. Thus, concerning quality assessment, there remains a primer on citation analysis. © 2008 Springer Science+Business... (More)

This article deals with the role of internationally co-authored papers (co-publications). Specifically, we compare, within a data-set of German research units, citation and co-publication indicators as a proxy for the unobserved quality dimension of scientific research. In that course we will also deal with the question whether both citations and co-publications are considerably related. Our results suggest that, although there is a strong partial correlation between citations and co-publications within a multivariate setting, we cannot use reasonably normalised co-publication indicators as an alternative proxy for quality. Thus, concerning quality assessment, there remains a primer on citation analysis. © 2008 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

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indicator, scientific research, co-publication, quality control
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Scientometrics
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74
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3
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17 pages
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Akademiai Kiado
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0138-9130
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10.1007/s11192-007-1818-5
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English
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  language     = {eng},
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  series       = {Scientometrics},
  title        = {Are international co-publications an indicator for quality of scientific research?},
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  volume       = {74},
  year         = {2008},
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