Are Publication and Citation Counts Reliable Indicators of Research Productivity or Impact?

(2018) 43:2 Canadian Law Library Review 26

2 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2018 Last revised: 20 Jun 2018

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Sean Rehaag

Centre for Refugee Studies & Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Date Written: May 15, 2018

Abstract

Universities are increasingly using metrics such as publication and citation counts to measure faculty research productivity and impact, and to compare productivity and impact across departments and institutions. Canadian law schools are facing pressure to adopt similar metrics. In this article the author argues that publication and citation counts are not reliable indicators of research productivity or impact.

Keywords: research metrics, research indicators, publication counts, citattion counts, bibliometrics, new managerialism, law schools

Suggested Citation

Rehaag, Sean, Are Publication and Citation Counts Reliable Indicators of Research Productivity or Impact? (May 15, 2018). (2018) 43:2 Canadian Law Library Review 26, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3179086

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Centre for Refugee Studies & Osgoode Hall Law School, York University ( email )

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Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
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