On smoothing performance in periodic merit reviews

Yigal Gerchak*

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Since, for most researchers the number of journal articles accepted fluctuates considerably from year to year, academic administrators use various methods to mitigate that effect. One common method is to aggregate achievements of several years. Another is to count both appeared and accepted papers. The picture these schemes present is not current so a natural question is whether they are sufficiently effective in dampening fluctuations to justify these undesirable consequences. We show that both schemes may actually increase the variance of performance. They do reduce the coefficient of variation, however.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-250
Number of pages4
JournalSocio-Economic Planning Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1999
Externally publishedYes


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