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Academic Analytics Research Center

Academic Analytics Research Center facilitates knowledge production by providing our rich datasets to researchers interested in incorporating these data into their projects. Examples of topics addressed by AARC staff and external research groups include: the impact of state legislation on professorial promotions and hires; gender disparities in scientometric data; how best to estimate grant expenditures at peer institutions; and the longitudinal impact of federal research funding on scholarly outputs such as journal articles and conference proceedings.

AARC conflict of interest disclosure: Anthony Olejniczak, Ph.D. co-founded Academic Analytics in 2005 and divested himself of all equity interest and management responsibilities in 2019 to establish the Academic Analytics Research Center (AARC). As an employee of Academic Analytics with no other financial relationship or managerial role within the company, Anthony directs AARC independently and without oversight from Academic Analytics management (Anthony chooses projects and collaborators, and Academic Analytics management do not review or approve research outputs). Anthony and AARC are committed to producing publicly available datasets for all their projects and to publish only open access materials.

AARC News and Events

Replay: Who’s Publishing Open Access Articles?

Last week, AARC researchers Dr. Molly J. Wilson and Dr. Anthony J. Olejniczak discussed their recent paper Who’s writing Open Access (OA) articles? Characteristics of OA authors at Ph.D. granting institutions in the USA with a live audience [...]

Friday, February 26, 2021|Comments Off on Replay: Who’s Publishing Open Access Articles?

Who’s being honored in academia?

Academic Analytics matches a huge number of honorific awards (10,000+) to individual scholars in the American academy. AARC researchers recently began digging through this data trove, and some summary statistics by discipline offer a glimpse into the deeper patterns we're [...]

Friday, February 19, 2021|Comments Off on Who’s being honored in academia?

The preprint conundrum for bibliometric databases

Preprints have been around for a few decades, but posting preprints to a repository has only become the new normal for scholars in recent years. Preprints allow researchers to stake a claim to their ideas and results by establishing a [...]

Friday, February 12, 2021|Comments Off on The preprint conundrum for bibliometric databases

Should interdisciplinary comparisons of journal article publications use the mean or median?

AARC scholars work with many datasets describing the publication outputs of research faculty. These datasets are almost always zero-inflated, or at least are skewed toward the lower end of the distribution. This phenomenon is so common we’ve even changed how [...]

Friday, February 5, 2021|Comments Off on Should interdisciplinary comparisons of journal article publications use the mean or median?

Are some academic fields “older” than others?

AARC scholars have a manuscript in review about the graying of the American professoriate (see the preprint here: 10.31235/osf.io/vznty). As we explored the publication patterns of early career, middle career, and senior scholars, a basic question emerged that we didn’t [...]

Thursday, January 21, 2021|Comments Off on Are some academic fields “older” than others?
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