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Why are academics of science more productive than those of social science? Evidence from Indonesia

Nurdiana Gaus (Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Kesejahteraan Sosial Tamalanrea Makassar, Makassar, Indonesia)
Jasruddin Daud Malago (Universitas Negeri Makassar, Makassar, Indonesia)
Muhammad Basri (Universitas Negeri Makassar, Makassar, Indonesia)
Mustaking Mustaking (Universitas Puangrimaggalatung, Makassar, Indonesia)
Muhammad Azwar Paramma (Universitas Negeri Makassar, Makassar, Indonesia)
Nina Maharani (Universitas Islam Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia)
Retno Angraeni (STIE WIRABHAKTI, Makassar, Indonesia)

Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education

ISSN: 2050-7003

Article publication date: 18 June 2020

Issue publication date: 4 May 2021



This paper aims to examine factors influencing the productivity in research and publication between science and social science.


A qualitative approach with interviews for 40 academics in four public universities in Indonesia was applied to get an in-depth understanding of the issues.


The results of this study demonstrated that individual factors instead of institutional factors that contributed to the productivity of academics in science as compared to academics in social science.


Despite there were influential effects of institutions in which the socializing process of internalizing the values, norms and scientific roles under the auspice of qualified supervisors or advisors, there seemed to be an individual capacity that comes in between. The implications of this study are discussed in the article.



We would like to express our gratitude to the Indonesian Research Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP) for funding this research.


Gaus, N., Malago, J.D., Basri, M., Mustaking, M., Paramma, M.A., Maharani, N. and Angraeni, R. (2021), "Why are academics of science more productive than those of social science? Evidence from Indonesia", Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, Vol. 13 No. 2, pp. 369-387.



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