Publication Output of Swiss Political Science Departments

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  • Thomas Bernauer,

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    1. ETH Zurich and University of Zurich
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    • Thomas Bernauer is professor of political science at ETH Zurich. He and his research group are based at the Center for Comparative and International Studies, a joint institution of ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich, and at ETH Zurich's Institute for Environmental Decisions. Webpage: http:www.ib.ethz.chpeoplebernauer.

  • Fabrizio Gilardi

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    1. ETH Zurich and University of Zurich
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    • Fabrizio Gilardi is associate professor of public policy at the Department of Political Science, University of Zurich, and at the Center for Comparative and International Studies, a joint institution of ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich. Webpage: http:www.fabriziogilardi.org.


Center for Comparative and International Studies, ETH Zurich, Weinbergstrasse 11, CH-8092 Zurich, Switzerland. Phone: +41 (0)44 632 64 66; Email: thbe0520@ethz.ch

Department of Political Science and Center for Comparative and International Studies, University of Zurich, Seilergraben 53, CH-8001 Zurich, Switzerland. Phone: +41 (0)44 634 39 87; Email: gilardi@ipz.uzh.ch.

Abstract

This article compares the scientific publication output and international academic visibility of Swiss political science departments, using three indicators (number of publications, number of citations, and the h-index) and publicly available data from two sources: the ISI Web of Knowledge and Google Scholar. We also examine whether the publication output of political science professors and postdoctoral researchers in Switzerland varies as a function of academic age. We observe rather strong variations both across and within departments. The analysis also shows that the most prolific professors tend to be those who completed their Ph.D. about 10–20 years ago and that some postdocs are on a very promising publications trajectory. We derive some benchmarks for publication output that might be useful for hiring decisions or promotions.

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