This is a copy of the author's draft. The original publication is available at www.springerlink.comThe research performance of 41 British university politics departments was evaluated through an analysis of articles published between 1987 and 1992 in nine European politics journals with the highest citation impact factors. Annual performance scores were obtained by dividing each department’s number of publications in these journals in each year (departmental productivity) by the corresponding departmental size. These scores were summed to obtain a research performance score for each department over the period of assessment. They correlate significantly with research performance scores from two previous studies using different methodologies: Crewe’s per capita simple publication count for the years 1978 to 1984, and the Universities Funding Council’s research selectivity ratings covering the years 1989 to 1992
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