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Measuring, analysis and visualization of research capacity of university at the level of departments and staff members

Maxim Kotsemir () and Sergey Shashnov ()
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Sergey Shashnov: National Research University Higher School of Economics

Scientometrics, 2017, vol. 112, issue 3, No 25, 1659-1689

Abstract: Abstract This paper is devoted to the challenges of measuring, analyzing and visualizing research capacity of university. We identify the related methodological issues, propose solutions and apply these solutions to a complex analysis of the research potential of three departments of a Russian university. First, we briefly review the current literature on different aspects of an analysis of research capacity of university. The next step is a discussion on the key challenges faced when analyzing the publication activity of a university. Further, we discuss the opportunities offered by and limitations of using the Web of Science and Scopus databases to determine the research capabilities of universities. In the empirical section of the paper, we analyse the research capacity of university departments and individual employees using simple yet illustrative tools of bibliometric analysis. We also make recommendations for university administrative personnel, which can be derived from our analysis.

Keywords: University research capacity; University research performance; Publication activity; Bibliometric analysis; Bibliometric indicators; Citation analysis; Research evaluation; International citation databases; Universities; University management; 62-09 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 I20 I28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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