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Institutional change and scientific research: A preliminary bibliometric analysis of institutional influences on Turkey’s recent social science publications

Çetin Önder (), Mehmet Sevkli, Taner Altinok () and Cengiz Tavukçuoǧlu
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Çetin Önder: Dokuz Eylül University
Mehmet Sevkli: Fatih University
Cengiz Tavukçuoǧlu: Turkish Military Academy

Scientometrics, 2008, vol. 76, issue 3, No 8, 543-560

Abstract: Abstract This paper provides a detailed assessment of recent indexed journal publications by Turkish social scientists. We first present information on SCI, SSCI and AHCI indexed journal articles that were published by Turkish researchers over the past three decades. An inspection of publication statistics indicates a considerable improvement, especially during the last five years of the 1973–2005 period that we examine, in Turkey’s publication record in terms of number of articles authored or co-authored by Turkish researchers. In the next step, we scrutinize institutional sources of this improvement, emphasizing regulatory and organizational changes that have both forced researchers to publish in indexed journals and remunerated those who did so. Finally, we provide a qualitative assessment of recent improvement in publication performance of Turkish researchers by focusing on a particular behavioral consequence of institutional changes and its implications for impact that research from Turkey has on global research activity. Bibliometric analysis of articles published by Turkish researchers in SSCI-indexed journals during 2000–2005 shows that recent regulatory and organizational changes seem to have instituted a particular publication habit, publishing in journals with lower impact factor, which was earlier observed in other parts of the world where publication counts were used for performance evaluation, and that signs of improvement in our select indicators of impact are yet to be observed.

Date: 2008
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DOI: 10.1007/s11192-007-1878-6

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