An empirical approach to compare the performance of heterogeneous academic fields

Ruocco, Giancarlo and Daraio, Cinzia (2012) An empirical approach to compare the performance of heterogeneous academic fields. Technical Report. Department of Computer, Control, and Management Engineering Antonio Ruberti.


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In this paper we propose a “scaling-based” empirical approach to assess the scientific performance of heterogeneous academic disciplines. It relies on the idea that if we take into account for their two main sources of heterogeneity, the bibliometric distributions of different academic fields can be superimposed and collapse to a unique master curve by a single scaling parameter. By using data on the scientific production of around 2,500 scholars of the university of Rome “La Sapienza” from the Web of Science (WoS) over 2004–2008 we i) demonstrate the existence of a master curve; ii) determine the scaling factors which are the cornerstone to compare different academic fields; and iii) show that the master bibliometric distribution follows a Log-normal law.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Research assessment; normalization; scaling; universality; Italian universities
Subjects: 300 Scienze sociali > 306 Cultura e istituzioni (Include i ruoli, le funzioni e i modelli antropologici e sociali) (Classificare qui la cultura di massa, l'Antropologia culturale e sociale)
Depositing User: Sapienza Università di Roma Dipartimento di Ingegneria informatica, automatica e gestionale
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2013 16:50
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2013 16:50

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