Research in Higher Education

, Volume 44, Issue 2, pp 121–148 | Cite as

Using Publications Counts to Measure an Institution's Research Productivity

  • Robert K. Toutkoushian
  • Stephen R. Porter
  • Cherry Danielson
  • Paula R. Hollis


Studies that attempt to evaluate and rank institutions often overlook the research activities of an institution. In this article, we show how readily available data from the Institute of Scientific Inquiry (ISI) may be used to estimate the number of scholarly articles written by an institution's faculty. We show how institutions are ranked according to total publications and the ratio of publications to full-time faculty, how these measures vary by type of institution, and how they are correlated with other selected measures of research resources and institutional quality.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert K. Toutkoushian
    • 1
  • Stephen R. Porter
    • 2
  • Cherry Danielson
    • 3
  • Paula R. Hollis
    • 3
  1. 1.Office of Policy AnalysisUniversity System of New HampshireUSA
  2. 2.Office of Institutional ResearchWesleyan UniversityUSA
  3. 3.Office of Policy AnalysisUniversity System of New HampshireUSA

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