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15 - Impact Metrics

from Part IV - Appraisal

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 March 2020

Colin Elman
Affiliation:
Syracuse University, New York
John Gerring
Affiliation:
University of Texas, Austin
James Mahoney
Affiliation:
Northwestern University, Illinois
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Evaluating the impact of a work, scholar, or department is a longstanding practice in the academy. Recent advances in computation and database access have increased the ease of quantifying many impact measures. These advances hold the potential to approach systematically questions that have previously been treated in an ad hoc or individual manner. Extant systems, however, contain a variety of shortcomings and have the potential to exacerbate existing inequalities and biases. This chapter assesses the current state of impact metrics and considers the limitations on this information.

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The Production of Knowledge
Enhancing Progress in Social Science
, pp. 371 - 400
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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