What Counts for Academic Productivity in Research Universities?

  • Philip G. Altbach
Keywords: Citation indices, research productivity measures, university rankings


Measuring research productivity in universities is a complicated and problematic process. Yet, such measurements are important for calculating the productivity of institutions, individual researchers, and academic systems. They count for a lot in the rankings. Current measures undercount the social sciences and humanities, and don’t pay sufficient attention to books. Further, the ways that knowledge is communicated is changing.

Author Biography

Philip G. Altbach

Philip G. Altbach is Research Professor and director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College, US.

How to Cite
Altbach, P. G. (2015). What Counts for Academic Productivity in Research Universities?. International Higher Education, (79), 6-7. https://doi.org/10.6017/ihe.2015.79.5837
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