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E. GieseJustus-Liebig-Universität Gießen Geographisches Institut Senckenbergstraße 1 D-6300 Gießen (FRG) Senckenbergstraße 1 D-6300 Gießen (FRG)

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Abstract  

The following article examines whether an aggregate comparison (i.e. without discriminating by subject) of university performance in the FRG resulting in a ranking of universities is feasible. First, methods of efficiency measurement are reviewed and possible indicators discussed. In the next part, five indicators are extracted for empirical analysis from a catalogue of ten indicators. Even these have to be used carefully. The last chapter presents results of the analysis. In short, the following conclusions can be drawn: 1. Of the five indicators, none represents a single comprehensive measure of research performance. 2. An aggregate measurement of university research performance, if feasible at all, has to be carried out separately for institutes of technology, universities and comprehensive institutions. 3. Even then, a number of serious statistical problems arise in regard to the methods subsequently applied.

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Scientometrics
Language English
Size B5
Year of
Foundation
1978
Volumes
per Year
1
Issues
per Year
12
Founder Akadémiai Kiadó
Founder's
Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
Publisher Akadémiai Kiadó
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
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Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
CH-6330 Cham, Switzerland Gewerbestrasse 11.
Responsible
Publisher
Chief Executive Officer, Akadémiai Kiadó
ISSN 0138-9130 (Print)
ISSN 1588-2861 (Online)

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