ERIC Number: ED474148
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Using Publications Counts To Measure an Institution's Research Productivity.
Toutkoushian, Robert K.; Porter, Stephen R.; Danielson, Cherry; Hollis, Paula
Studies that address institutional-level productivity and publications that rank institutions often base their analysis solely on teaching activities, and overlook the research activities of an institution. The lack of attention given to research accomplishments is troubling because the resulting assessments and rankings of institutions will overlook an important facet of their mission. This study shows how readily available data from the Institute of Scientific Inquiry (ISI) may be used to estimate the number of scholarly articles written by an institution's faculty for virtually any year from 1990 forward. Data from the ISI databases were used to estimate the total number of publications attributed to individuals at each of approximately 1,300 4-year colleges and universities in the United States for 1996. The study also constructed a standardized measure of research output by dividing total publications by the number of full-time faculty at the institution. The study shows how institutions are ranked according to these two publication measures, how the measures vary by type of institution, and how they are correlated with other selected measures of research resources and institutional quality. (Contains 3 figures, 5 tables, and 68 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum for the Association for Institutional Research (42nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June 2-5, 2002).