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The hidden perils of citation counting for Australasian political science

The hidden perils of citation counting for Australasian political science

Donovan, Claire ORCID: 0000-0002-6105-7794 (2008) The hidden perils of citation counting for Australasian political science. Australian Journal of Political Science, 42 (4). pp. 665-678. ISSN 1036-1146 (Print), 1363-030X (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/10361140701595825)

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Abstract

In a recent article in Australian Journal of Political Science, Dale and Goldfinch present ‘standard’ journal-based publication and citation rankings of Australasian political science departments designed to complement what they characterise as the multidisciplinary, historical, qualitative and humanistic political science of the region. However, the ‘highly cited’ articles in their top-ranked political science department belong to quantitative psychology. Through unravelling why their study favours the opposite of that which it was meant to detect, this paper alerts political scientists to the hidden perils of accepting ‘standard’ Institute of Scientific Information-based approaches to citation counting as valid measures of research ‘quality’. It exposes the veiled bibliometric assumption that the ‘best’ social science is quantitative research, notes that incongruous citation scores may inform the distribution of block funding and departmental appointment processes, and warns against using ‘standard’ data to unintentionally self-police the future shape of Australasian political science.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia, political science, bibliometrics
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Education & Community Studies
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2020 12:41
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
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Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/28858

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