A flexible approach for measuring author-level publishing performance

  • Nadia Simoes
  • Nuno CrespoEmail author


We propose a framework to evaluate, in relative terms, author-level publishing performance. To that end we introduce the publishing performance index (PPI) and the publishing performance box (PPB), and discuss the associated publishing profiles. We illustrate our approach conducting an extensive empirical application covering 472 top economists and developing several robustness tests. Instead of using a pre-designed measure without flexibility to adjust to the circumstances of each specific case, our approach accommodates alternative evaluation criteria, as defined by the evaluators. Beyond this key characteristic, our approach has some other important advantages: (1) it is easy to apply; (2) it is sensitive to the full list of publications and citations; (3) it is able to include additional dimensions of scientific performance beyond papers and citations; (4) it is a high granularity measure, providing a complete ranking of the authors under analysis.


Research evaluation Scientific outputs Bibliometrics Selection criteria Evaluators 

JEL Classification

A11 A14 I23 M51 



This work was supported by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia under Grant UID/GES/00,315/2019. We are grateful to the two anonymous referees for their very useful comments. The usual disclaimer applies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ISCTE Business School Economics Department, BRU - IUL (Business Research Unit)Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE - IUL)LisbonPortugal

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