An Analysis of Scientific Research Performance in Italy: Evaluation Criteria and Public Funding

  •  Gennaro Guida    


In the last ten years, the assessment of scientific research has been useful for two main reasons: first to provide researchers with a shared methodology able to assess scientific productions and second to enable governments to locate investments where they yield the best results. The aim of this article is to investigate the methodology used to assess academic performance in Italy, focusing on the one hand on its application to economic sciences and on the other on the way in which it influences the distribution of the budget and the future performance of an institution. In this regard, an analysis of sample data extracted from the well-known Scopus database raises doubts about the advisability of linking the distribution of funds to the evaluation of the quality of the research.

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