ERIC Number: ED230483
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Research Productivity in Graduate Departments of Political Science in the South and Southwest.
Smith, Roland E.
An analysis of journal publications by members of political science departments in 38 universities in the southern and southwestern United States reveals relatively low research productivity for most institutions. The 2-year study (1980-1981) involved an examination of over 20 journals cited in the Social Science Citation Index. All graduate degree granting departments in the Southwest were included; for the South, only departments offering the Ph.D. were considered. The mean production for all members of a department is one article every 4 years. Further, a very small group of department members in each institution actually publishes, while others contribute little or nothing. The conclusion is that the productivity of a department depends on its recruitment practices and retention capabilities. Productivity declines when a productive scholar is replaced by an individual just out of graduate school. Those departments which have grown in productivity have done so because they recruited scholars who have demonstrated a capacity for regular production. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: United States (South); United States (Southwest)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association (Houston, TX, March, 1983).