Jan 30 2013

Comparison of productivity across fields

NIFU researchers Fredrik Niclas Piro, Dag W. Aksnes and Kristoffer Rørstad have written a journal article where research productivity compared across subject areas, academic position, age and gender. Within each subject area are also studied variations in scientific position, age and gender.

The study’s main finding is that researchers from medicine, science and technology are most productive when looking at the number of publications, while researchers in the humanities and social sciences who are most productive when the publications are weighted for the number of authors and publication type.

The strong differences between disciplines raises questions about whether it is possible to compare productivity across disciplines.

The article “A macro analysis of productivity differences across fields: Challenges in the measurement of scientific publishing” is published in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology here.

For more information, contact
Fredrik Piro, researcher, Studies in Research and Innovation
+47 22 59 51 57