Self-reported research productivity: patterns and factors

Prpić, Katarina and Brajdić Vuković, Marija (2009) Self-reported research productivity: patterns and factors. In: Beyond the myths about the natural and social sciences: a sociological view. Edition Science and Society (28). Institut za društvena istraživanja, Zagreb, pp. 89-142. ISBN 978-953-6218-40-0

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In terms of self-reported productivity, it has been empirically proven that the natural and social sciences have developed different publication patterns. The social area is characterised by twice the number of professional publications and by the preponderance of mono-authored publications among scientific works, whereas natural scientists produce twice as many papers indexed in WoS databases, and predominantly co-authored papers. A significant differentiation of research productivity is noticed in both areas because individual sciences show recognisable patterns of career and five-year productivity. The disciplinary specificities of research production patterns can be ascribed to differences in the intellectual and social organisation, mode of knowledge production and cognitive styles of scientific areas and fields. The composition of significant predictors and their contribution to explaining the analysed types of research productivity also differ. The best predictors of production in the natural sciences are the researcher’ s international cooperation and networking, whereas the social sciences show the greater impact of the scientist’ s national or local orientation, i.e. focus on the local scientific community. However, a predictor that at the same time accounts for a significant portion of publication productivity in both areas and indicates the scientist’ s social capital has been identified. It is the variable of invited stays abroad that would be impossible without the scientist’ s international collegial networking. Longitudinal data from Croatian and foreign studies (Kyvik, 1988, 2003) identify deep structural changes in the main forms of research productivity in both areas, especially in the social sciences, and chiefly in the number of authors and international availability of scientific results. Our findings, however, lead to the tentative conclusion that the levelling out or reduction of differences between the social and natural sciences takes place in productivity patterns, but to all appearances also in productivity predictors.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Language: English. Publication is also published in Croatian. Title in Croatian: Samoiskazana istraživačka produktivnost: obrasci i činioci (URI:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Self-reported research productivity, scientific and other publications, natural sciences, social siences, productivity patterns, productivity predictors (samoiskazana istraživačka produktivnost, znanstvene i stručne publikacije, prirodne znanosti, društvene znanosti, obrasci produktivnosti, prediktori produktivnosti)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Depositing User: Karolina Vranješ
Date Deposited: 11 May 2015 13:31
Last Modified: 13 May 2015 10:13

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