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How do you define and measure research productivity?

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      Productivity is the quintessential indicator of efficiency in any production system. It seems it has become a norm in bibliometrics to define research productivity as the number of publications per researcher, distinguishing it from impact. In this work we operationalize the economic concept of productivity for the specific context of research activity and show the limits of the commonly accepted definition. We propose then a measurable form of research productivity through the indicator "Fractional Scientific Strength (FSS)", in keeping with the microeconomic theory of production. We present the methodology for measure of FSS at various levels of analysis: individual, field, discipline, department, institution, region and nation. Finally, we compare the ranking lists of Italian universities by the two definitions of research productivity.

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            30 October 2018
            1810.12830
            10.1007/s11192-014-1269-8

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            Abramo, G., D'Angelo, C.A. (2014). How do you define and measure research productivity? Scientometrics, 101(2), 1129-1144
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