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Where is the Quality? Political Science Scholarship in Australia

Published on Dec 1, 2009in Australian Journal of Political Science0.84
· DOI :10.1080/10361140903296537
J. C. Sharman18
Estimated H-index: 18
(Griffith University),
Patrick Moray Weller19
Estimated H-index: 19
(Griffith University)
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This article presents a comparison of research quality in political science among Australian universities. Two sources are used to assess the output of high-quality political science scholarship. The first looks at publication totals in leading journals, using the hierarchy of journal quality from the Excellence in Research Australia program. The second counts Australian Research Council Discovery Grants awarded in political science. Although there is no attempt to present an authoritative master ranking, it is argued that common patterns do emerge regarding the distribution of high-quality political science research among different universities in Australia. More broadly, the data confirm earlier conclusions on the British or European character of the field in this country, despite the overwhelming dominance of the USA in political science worldwide.
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Estimated H-index: 23
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Estimated H-index: 47
(UdeM: Université de Montréal)
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Estimated H-index: 19
(Emory University)
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Published on Jan 1, 2009
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Estimated H-index: 19
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Estimated H-index: 17
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Estimated H-index: 38
(ANU: Australian National University)
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Published on Jan 1, 2009in Political Studies Review1.19
Ron Johnston49
Estimated H-index: 49
(UoB: University of Bristol)
Published on Dec 17, 2008
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Estimated H-index: 2
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Peter Noonan2
Estimated H-index: 2
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Estimated H-index: 2
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Estimated H-index: 18
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Estimated H-index: 8
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Estimated H-index: 23
,
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Estimated H-index: 47
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Estimated H-index: 19
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Estimated H-index: 11
(ANU: Australian National University)
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Estimated H-index: 46
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Estimated H-index: 1
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Estimated H-index: 13
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Estimated H-index: 15
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Estimated H-index: 3
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Estimated H-index: 17
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Estimated H-index: 8
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Estimated H-index: 9
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Estimated H-index: 1
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Estimated H-index: 8
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Estimated H-index: 21
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Estimated H-index: 5
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Estimated H-index: 41
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Estimated H-index: 5
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Estimated H-index: 21
(Curtin University)
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Estimated H-index: 1
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Published on Feb 1, 2013in Australian Journal of International Affairs1.17
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Estimated H-index: 18
,
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Estimated H-index: 19
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