The inner quality of an article: Will time tell?

Chan, Ho Fai, Guillot, Malka, Page, Lionel, & Torgler, Benno (2015) The inner quality of an article: Will time tell? Scientometrics, 104(1), pp. 19-41.

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In this paper, we assess whether quality survives the test of time in academia by comparing up to 80 years of academic journal article citations from two top journals, Econometrica and the American Economic Review. The research setting under analysis is analogous to a controlled real world experiment in that it involves a homogeneous task (trying to publish in top journals) by individuals with a homogenous job profile (academics) in a specific research environment (economics and econometrics). Comparing articles published concurrently in the same outlet at the same time (same issue) indicates that symbolic capital or power due to institutional affiliation or connection does seem to boost citation success at the beginning, giving those educated at or affiliated with leading universities an initial comparative advantage. Such advantage, however, does not hold in the long run: at a later stage,the publications of other researchers become as or even more successful.

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ID Code: 84717
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Citations� � �, Quality �, Time, Long-run, Biases, Research environment
DOI: 10.1007/s11192-015-1581-y
ISSN: 0138-9130
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Copyright Owner: Akademiai Kiado, Budapest, Hungary 2015
Deposited On: 11 Jun 2015 04:28
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2016 20:45

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