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Researchgate, RG-Scores, or a true Research Gate to Global Research? On the limits of the RG factor and some scientometric evidence on how the current RG score system discriminates even against Nobel Laureates in economics and against the develo

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The paper shows that the RG score, used by the Researchgate open scientific gateway, is seriously flawed. The hard-core center of the RG Score, besides interactions, is the journal impact factor system, used in the RG Score and the overall ranking of
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  1 Arno Tausch Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Innsbruck University Honorary Associate Professor of Economics, Corvinus University Budapest Regular Lecturer, International Development, Vienna University Lecturer of Sociology, Université Fribourg, Suisse academic e-mail arno.tausch@uibk.ac.at arno.tausch@univie.ac.at Mobile tel: (++ 43 ) 664 16 15 250 e-Fax (++ 43 - 1) 71894 70 1350  2 Researchgate, RG-Scores, or a true Research Gate to Global Research? On the limits of the RG factor and some scientometric evidence on how the current RG score system discriminates even against Nobel Laureates in economics and against the developing countries If you ever had any doubts about the total uselessness of “research scores”, now flourishing on various networks on the Internet, among them at Researchgate, a flourishing scientific network now integrating over 6 million users in 193 countries 1 , then please follow this little analysis, which is meant to be located on the fringes between the tragedy and the comedy. At first sight, Researchgate, which was founded in 2008 by physicians Dr. Ijad Madisch and Dr. Sören Hofmayer, and computer scientist Horst Fickenscher, must be praised for its efforts to introduce a single-catch-all new index of scientific “impact”. According to the RG Website, the RG Score presents members with a new way to build, understand, and measure their scientific reputation. The score is calculated based on how researchers interact with each other’s content. Whether publication, raw  data, topic question or answer, anything researchers contribute to the network becomes a factor in their RG Score. Researchgate exhibits the RG-score of each of its 6 million members in a very  prominent way, and dare you to belong to the “class” of “scientific underlings” at the margin of the global center-periphery network of global science, and your blue little arrow (see Graph 1  –   here for two of the three Nobel Laureates in economics, being members of the system) will be pointing relentlessly at your “market value”  somewhere in the lower percentiles and not among the global elite of the top 5%. Being such a “middling” or even “underling” on the  RG scores myself I began to dare to investigate rather for fun these rankings of the Nobel Laureates in economics in the RG score system. Economists for years 1  https://www.researchgate.net/aboutus.AboutUsPress.html   3 practice such ranking systems, and they are rather transparent compared to the new Researchgate RG-score. 2  I kindly invite all readers first of all to go through the list of Nobel laureates of economics (see below) to see the point raised. Readers should start to check the entries of all these Nobel laureates in Researchgate. Even the neoliberal giant Milton Friedman receives from the system the following comment: https://www.researchgate.net/researcher/1925529_Milton_Friedman/  i.e. his impact factor is said to be 0. As it is well-known, the Nobel laureates in economics are: 1.   Jean Tirole 2.   Eugene F. Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert J. Shiller 3.   Alvin E. Roth, Lloyd S. Shapley 4.   Thomas J. Sargent, Christopher A. Sims 5.   Peter A. Diamond, Dale T. Mortensen, Christopher A. Pissarides 6.   Elinor Ostrom, Oliver E. Williamson 7.   Paul Krugman 8.   Leonid Hurwicz, Eric S. Maskin, Roger B. Myerson 9.   Edmund S. Phelps 10.   Robert J. Aumann, Thomas C. Schelling 11.   Finn E. Kydland, Edward C. Prescott 12.   Robert F. Engle III, Clive W.J. Granger 13.   Daniel Kahneman, Vernon L. Smith 14.   George A. Akerlof, A. Michael Spence, Joseph E. Stiglitz 15.   James J. Heckman, Daniel L. McFadden 16.   Robert A. Mundell 17.   Amartya Sen 18.   Robert C. Merton, Myron S. Scholes 19.   James A. Mirrlees, William Vickrey 20.   Robert E. Lucas Jr. 21.   John C. Harsanyi, John F. Nash Jr., Reinhard Selten 22.   Robert W. Fogel, Douglass C. North 23.   Gary S. Becker 24.   Ronald H. Coase 25.   Harry M. Markowitz, Merton H. Miller, William F. Sharpe 26.   Trygve Haavelmo 27.   Maurice Allais 28.   Robert M. Solow 2  http://logec.repec.org/scripts/authorstat.pf?topnum=1000&sortby=ld&item=exsoft&country=all&.submit=New+List&.cgifields=citems   4 29.   James M. Buchanan Jr. 30.   Franco Modigliani 31.   Richard Stone 32.   Gerard Debreu 33.   George J. Stigler 34.   James Tobin 35.   Lawrence R. Klein 36.   Theodore W. Schultz, Sir Arthur Lewis 37.   Herbert A. Simon 38.   Bertil Ohlin, James E. Meade 39.   Milton Friedman 40.   Leonid Vitaliyevich Kantorovich, Tjalling C. Koopmans 41.   Gunnar Myrdal, Friedrich August von Hayek 42.   Wassily Leontief 43.   John R. Hicks, Kenneth J. Arrow 44.   Simon Kuznets 45.   Paul A. Samuelson 46.   Ragnar Frisch, Jan Tinbergen In Table 1 we now list the RG-scores and RG-impact factors of the Nobel laureates in economics over the last years. Table 1: RG scores and impact factors of Nobel laureates of economics according to Researchgate Nobel Prize in economics RG-Score RG Impact Factor Jean Tirole 2014 Not even mentioned Not even mentioned Eugene F. Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert J. Shiller 2013 Not even mentioned/23,15 / 36,77 Not even mentioned/45,36 / 262,94 Alvin E. Roth, Lloyd S. Shapley 2012 0/not even mentioned 0/not even mentioned Thomas J. Sargent; Christopher A. Sims 2011 11,45/not even mentioned 11,55/not even mentioned Peter A. Diamond, Dale T. 2010 not even mentioned/not not even mentioned/0,92/0,92  5 Mortensen, Christopher A. Pissarides even mentioned/not even mentioned Elinor Ostrom, Oliver E. Williamson 2009 not even mentioned/not even mentioned/ not even mentioned/not even mentioned/ Paul Krugman 2008 not even mentioned/ not even mentioned/ Graph 1 now shows the RG-Score for Nobel Laureates Professors Thomas J. Sargent, Lars Peter Hansen, and Robert J. Shiller, who seem to be the only Economics Nobel Laureate in recent years to actively have joined the RG-system. Graph 1: The Researchgate RG-scores of the Nobel Laureates in Economics, Thomas J. Sargent, Lars Peter Hansen, and Robert J. Shiller
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