, Volume 102, Issue 1, pp 727–749 | Cite as

Proof over promise: towards a more inclusive ranking of Dutch academics in Economics & Business

  • Anne-Wil HarzingEmail author
  • Wilfred Mijnhardt


The Dutch Economics top-40, based on publications in ISI listed journals, is—to the best of our knowledge—the oldest ranking of individual academics in Economics and is well accepted in the Dutch academic community. However, this ranking is based on publication volume, rather than on the actual impact of the publications in question. This paper therefore uses two relatively new metrics, the citations per author per year (CAY) metric and the individual annual h-index (hIa) to provide two alternative, citation-based, rankings of Dutch academics in Economics & Business. As a data source, we use Google Scholar instead of ISI to provide a more comprehensive measure of impact, including citations to and from publications in non-ISI listed journals, books, working and conference papers. The resulting rankings are shown to be substantially different from the original ranking based on publications. Just like other research metrics, the CAY or hIa-index should never be used as the sole criterion to evaluate academics. However, we do argue that the hIa-index and the related CAY metric provide an important additional perspective over and above a ranking based on publications in high impact journals alone. Citation-based rankings are also shown to inject a higher level of diversity in terms of age, gender, discipline and academic affiliation and thus appear to be more inclusive of a wider range of scholarship.


Rankings Citations ISI Google Scholar Economics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ESCP Europe, 527London UK
  2. 2.Erasmus University RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands

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