Comparing the Research Productivity of US Academics

  • William K. Cummings
  • Martin J. Finkelstein
Part of the The Changing Academy – The Changing Academic Profession in International Comparative Perspective book series (CHAC, volume 4)


The publication productivity of American academics over the past two decades is compared to that of academics in other nations. From that analysis emerges a troubling picture of a decline in the share of US-originated publication amid a gradual rise in publication productivity across the globe, especially in East Asia. The analysis then shifts to the search for the source of the newly emerging publication gap. Declining public investment in research and development in the USA and the increased emphasis on the teaching responsibilities of US academics are identified as important factors.


Research Productivity Time Allocation Academic Productivity Collaborative Relation Faculty Research Productivity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educational LeadershipThe George Washington UniversityWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Education Leadership, Management and PolicySeton Hall UniversitySouth OrangeUSA

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