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The IUP Journal of Knowledge Management :
Research Evaluation, Bibliometric Indicators and Impact on Knowledge Development: The Case of ISEG (Lisbon School of Economics and Management)†
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With increased globalization and international competition among research centers and universities, bibliometrics has regained a new élan. As a matter of fact, it became the most important criterion—sometimes the only one—used for the evaluation of scientific papers and thereby for the faculty’s classification and progression in the academic and research careers. Accreditation procedures and the building of international rankings reinforced this trend as well as the major role played by reference repertoires. This self-feeding and circular process deserves a deeper insight mostly because it generates important knowledge waste. This is so because non-English speaking scientific communities usually face meaningful obstacles to access the above-mentioned repertoires. And accordingly, their scientific papers risk becoming unknown or underutilized, even though they develop matters and topics which are relevant for their authors’ societies. At the same time, progression in academic or research careers goes in parallel with the reproduction and transmission of official knowledge and generally neglects alternative thinking. In this paper, we shed light on these issues. After a brief literature review, we quantitatively and qualitatively analyze the situation of a Portuguese higher education research institution, with the results confirming the above-mentioned main trends.

 
 
 

The turn of the millennium brought to Portugal a very significant development in the field of Science and Technology (S&T) and Research and Development (R&D). This was essentially due to the combination of two factors: the presence and governmental responsibility of formerly expatriate intellectuals who hold a modern, democratic and inclusive view of public policies in these areas, and the inflow of European Commission’s (EC) funds, mainly under the programs of the European Social Fund (ESF).

The number of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) researchers, which in the European Union (EU) as a whole increased by 38%, grew by 91% in Portugal between 2004 and 2015, according to EUROSTAT data. Also, the comparison of the increase in total R&D expenses between Portugal and the EU average, in Purchasing Power Parity (PPP), proved to be extremely favorable to the country: +95% against a 42% increase in the EU-28.
Regarding what interests us the most—the number of Internationally Peer-Reviewed (IPR) articles—it increased by about three times between 2000 and 2015/16.

 
 
 

Knowledge Management Journal,Science and Technology (S&T) and Research and Development (R&D), European Commissionís (EC) funds, Programs of the European Social Fund (ESF), Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Researchers.