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The effects of funding and co-authorship on research performance in a small scientific community

Science and Public Policy. 2017. Vol. 44. No. 4. P. 486-496.
Mali F., Pustovrh T., Platinovsek R., Kronegger L., Ferligoj A.

The evaluation of research performance increasingly relies on quantitative indicators determined by national science policies. We focus on two dimensions of research performance—productivity and excellence—as defined in the evaluation methodology of the Slovenian Research Agency. Our analysis focuses on the effects of two science policy factors—co-authorship collaboration and researcher funding—on the productivity and excellence of Slovenian researchers at the level of research disciplines. A multilevel analysis using a hierarchical linear model with regression analysis was applied to the data with several nested levels. As many variables have a semi-continuous distribution, a statistical model was used to address them. The results show a very strong positive effect of international co-authorship collaboration on productivity and excellence, while fragmentation of funding shows a negative impact only on excellence. We also include interviews with excellent Slovenian researchers regarding their views on scientific excellence and quantitative indicators.