8 Apr 2011

Which is the value of getting acknowledged?

Recently I received two acknowledgements. (1) One comes from my advice and support in the empirical part and (2) the other for a formal discussion in a workshop. As you can see in the links both acknowledgement appear in prestigious journals and well-renowned authors. When academic talk about publications they rarely make reference to the times they get acknowledged. It makes me wonder: why are acknowledgements  not considered in the evaluation of academics?

The only inconvenient of acknowledgements is what economist name as opportunistic behavior. For instance, close colleagues can acknowledge each other systematically. In my view this is not a major restriction. In fact, citations are accepted as a signal of quality when they suffer exactly the same problem. So, I suggest giving some value to acknowledgement, at least reputational.

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