Average-based versus high-and low-impact indicators for the evaluation of scientific distributions

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dc.contributor.author Albarrán, Pedro
dc.contributor.author Ortuño, Ignacio
dc.contributor.author Ruiz-Castillo, Javier
dc.contributor.editor Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Economía
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-10T15:12:30Z
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-24T09:26:56Z
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-17T12:54:05Z
dc.date.available 2011-01-17T12:54:05Z
dc.date.issued 2010-12
dc.identifier.issn 2340-5031
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10016/8244
dc.description.abstract Albarran et al. (2011a) introduced a novel methodology for the evaluation of citation distributions consisting of a pair of high- and a low-impact measures defined over the set of articles with citations below or above a critical citation level CCL. Albarran et al. (2011b) presented the first empirical applications to a situation in which the world citation distribution in 22 scientific fields is partitioned into three geographical areas: the U.S., the European Union, and the rest of the world. In this paper, we compare our results with those obtained with average-based indicators. For reasonable CCLs, such as the 80th percentile of the world citation distribution in each field, the cardinal differences between the results obtained with our high-impact index and the mean citation rate are of a large order of magnitude. When, in addition, the percentage in the top 5% of most cited articles or the percentage of uncited articles are used, there are still important quantitative differences with respect to the high- and low-impact indicators advocated in our approach when the CCL is fixed at the 80th or the 95th percentile.
dc.description.sponsorship European Community's Seventh Framework Program
dc.description.sponsorship Albarrán y Ruiz-Castillo acknowledge financial help from the Spanish MEC, the first though grants SEJ2007-63098 and SSEJ2006-05710, and the second through grant SEJ2007-67436. This paper is part of the SCIFI-GLOW Collaborative Project supported by the European Commission's Seventh Research Framework Programme, Contract number SSH7-CT-2008-217436.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartofseries UC3M Working papers. Economics
dc.relation.ispartofseries 10-40
dc.rights Atribución-NoComercial-SinDerivadas 3.0 España
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dc.title Average-based versus high-and low-impact indicators for the evaluation of scientific distributions
dc.type workingPaper
dc.subject.eciencia Economía
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dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/217436
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