Tuesday, 24 May 2016

What determines researchers' scientific impact? A case study of Quebec researchers

Volume 43, Issue 2, 1 April 2016, Pages 262-274

What determines researchers' scientific impact? A case study of Quebec researchers  (Article)

Polytechnique Montreal, P.O. Box. 6079, Montreal, QC, Canada

University of Montreal, P.O. Box. 6128, Montreal, QC, Canada


Using a data set
integrating information about researchers' funding and publications in
Quebec (Canada), this paper identifies the main determinants of citation
counts as one measure of research impact. Using two-stage least square
regressions to control for endogeneity, the results confirm the
significant and positive relationship between the number of articles and
citation counts. Our results also show that scientists with more
articles in higher impact factor journals generally receive more
citations and so do scientists who publish with a larger team of
authors. Hence the greater visibility provided by a more prolific
scientific production, better journals, and more co-authors, all
contribute to increasing the perceived impact of articles. All else
being equal, male and female receive the same number of citations. These
results suggest that the most important determinants of researchers'
citations are the journals in which they publish, as well the
collaborative nature of their research. © The Author 2015.

Author keywords

Bibliometrics; Citations; Science policy; Scientific impact; Scientific publications

ISSN: 03023427
Source Type: Journal
Original language: English

DOI: 10.1093/scipol/scv038
Document Type: Article
Publisher: Oxford University Press

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