Making an impact

Publication Details

This report analyses the bibliometric performance of New Zealand universities between 1994 and 2007 using data from Thomson Reuters. The report also examines the impact of the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) on the academic impact of research by staff at New Zealand universities, as measured by citations per publication. In addition, the report compares the bibliometric performance of New Zealand universities with Australian universities. This report forms part of a series called 'Research and knowledge creation'.

Author(s): Warren Smart, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis & Reporting, Ministry of Education

Date Published: March 2009

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Summary

Key findings

  • The share of world indexed publications produced by New Zealand university authors has increased since the PBRF was introduced.
  • The share of world indexed citations by New Zealand university research has increased since the PBRF was introduced.
  • The overall relative academic impact of research has increased since the PBRF was introduced.
  • Between 2003 and 2007, the relative academic impact of New Zealand university research was higher than the Group of Eight (G8) research universities in Australia in three out of 10 broad subject areas.
  • Between 2003 and 2007, the relative academic impact of New Zealand university research was higher than the Non-G8 Australian universities in eight out of 10 broad subject areas.

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