Academic Performance in Journal Article Publication: A Study of Nine Political Science Institutions in Taiwan, 1995-2001





Published date: 

December, 2002


Chi Huang
Ching-Ping Tang
Chung-Li Wu


This study, sponsored by the Social Science Research Center of the National Science Council, evaluates academic performance in terms of journal article publication of seven political science departments and two institutes of Academia Sinica during the period from 1995 to 2001. We find that, by total amount of publication, the Department of Political Science at National Taiwan University ranks at the very top and thus exerts substantial scholarly influence to the entire discipline. The picture looks different, however, if we measure research productivity on the more justifiable per-capita per-year basis. It turns out that the Law and Politics Section of the Institute of European and American Studies at Academia Sinica has been the most productive research institute during the studied period, and the Department of Political Science at National Chung-Cheng University the most productive one among departments with teaching responsibilities. Besides per capita output, we further analyze the distribution of publication among faculty members of each department/institute with Gini’s coefficient of concentration in order to measure the degree of inequality in output origins. We also examine the outlet diversity of each department/institute in order to detect the degree of reliance on a certain journal as the destination of publication.