, Volume 3, Issue 5, pp 389–396 | Cite as

A note on the utility of international publication data

  • T. Hastings
Short Communication


This note focuses on a possible limitation of international publication data as a measure of research activity. It is argued that differences in the ‘pressure’ and/or ‘capacity’ to publish may exist between countries which would necessitate the standardization of publication data on a country basis. The argument is supported by statistical tests performed on data recently utilized to measure agricultural scientific research activity.


Publication Data Scientific Research Activity Country Basis Agricultural Scientific Research 
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Notes and References

  1. 1.
    Recent studies in science which utilize publication data include F. NARIN, M. P. CARPENTER, National Publication and Citation Comparisons,Journal of American Society for Information Service, 26 (1975), 80–93, and J. D. FRAME, F. NARIN, M. P. CARPENTER, The distribution of World Science,Social Studies of Science, 7 (1977) 501–16.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    The pioneering work in this regard is R. E. EVENSON and Y. KISLEV, Research Productivity in Wheat and Maize,Journal of Political Economy, 81 (1973) 1309–29.Google Scholar
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    J. BOYCE, R. E. EVENSON,Agricultural Research and Extension, Agricultural Development Council, New York, 1975.Google Scholar
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    op. cit., Evenson, Kislev,, 20–21.Google Scholar
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    op. cit., Boyce, Evenson,, 96. Similar limitations are also discussed by NARIN and CARPENTER, op. cit, 84.Google Scholar
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    R. E. EVENSON, Y. KISLEV,Agricultural Research and Productivity, Yale University Press, New Haven, 1975, p. 21.Google Scholar
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    EVENSON, KISLEV, Research Productivity in Wheat and Maize.Google Scholar
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    op. cit. Boyce, Evenson,, 9.Google Scholar
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    This variable is used as a measure of ‘related’ and ‘supporting’ scientific knowledge in each country. EVENSON, KISLEV,Agricultural Research and Productivity, 30.Google Scholar
  10. 12.
    Ulrich's International Periodical Directory, 16th ed. Bowker Co. New York, 1975.Google Scholar
  11. 13.
    loc. cit.Ulrich's International Periodical Directory, 16th ed. Bowker Co. New York, 1975.Google Scholar
  12. 14.
    See H. THEIL,Economic Forecasts and Policy, North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1961, p. 357.Google Scholar
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    op. cit. Boyce, Evenson,, 55.Google Scholar

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© Akadémiai Kiadó 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Hastings
    • 1
  1. 1.Adelaide College of the Arts and EducationAdelaideAustralia

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