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Coercive Journal Self Citations, Impact Factor, Journal Influence and Article Influence

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  • Chia-Lin Chang

    (National Chung Hsing University Taichung, Taiwan)

  • Michael McAleer

    (Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Complutense University of Madrid, and Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University;)

  • Les Oxley

    (University of Waikato, New Zealand)

Abstract

This paper examines the issue of coercive journal self citations and the practical usefulness of two recent journal performance metrics, namely the Eigenfactor score, which may be interpreted as measuring “Journal Influence”, and the Article Influence score, using the Thomson Reuters ISI Web of Science (hereafter ISI) data for 2009 for the 200 most highly cited journals in each of the Sciences and Social Sciences. The paper also compares the two new bibliometric measures with two existing ISI metrics, namely Total Citations and the 5-year Impact Factor (5YIF) (including journal self citations) of a journal. It is shown that the Sciences and Social Sciences are different in terms of the strength of the relationship of journal performance metrics, although the actual relationships are very similar. Moreover, the journal influence and article influence journal performance metrics are shown to be closely related empirically to the two existing ISI metrics, and hence add little in practical usefulness to what is already known, except for eliminating the pressure arising from coercive journal self citations. These empirical results are compared with existing results in the bibliometrics literature.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 13-040/III.

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Keywords: Journal performance metrics; Coercive journal self citations; Research assessment measures; Total citations; 5-year impact factor (5YIF); Eigenfactor; Journal influence; Article influence;

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  1. Chia-Lin Chang & Michael McAleer, 2011. "Citations and Impact of ISI Tourism and Hospitality Journals," Documentos de Trabajo del ICAE, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Instituto Complutense de Análisis Económico 2011-26, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Instituto Complutense de Análisis Económico.
  2. Chia-Lin Chang & Esfandiar Maasoumi & Michael McAleer, 2012. "Robust Ranking of Journal Quality: An Application to Economics," Emory Economics, Department of Economics, Emory University (Atlanta) 1204, Department of Economics, Emory University (Atlanta).
  3. Chia-Lin Chang & Michael McAleer & Les Oxley, 2010. "What Makes a Great Journal Great in the Sciences? Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?," KIER Working Papers, Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research 746, Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research.
  4. Chia-Lin Chang & Michael McAleer & Les Oxley, 2011. "Great Expectatrics: Great Papers, Great Journals, Great Econometrics," Econometric Reviews, Taylor & Francis Journals, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 30(6), pages 583-619.
  5. Chia-Lin Chang & Michael McAleer, 2012. "Ranking Journal Quality by Harmonic Mean of Ranks: An Application to ISI Statistics & Probability," Working Papers in Economics, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance 12/11, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance.
  6. Chang, C-L. & McAleer, M.J. & Oxley, L., 2011. "How are Journal Impact, Prestige and Article Influence Related? An Application to Neuroscience," Econometric Institute Research Papers, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), Econometric Institute EI 2011-03, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), Econometric Institute.
  7. Chang, C-L. & McAleer, M.J. & Oxley, L., 2010. "What Makes a Great Journal Great in Economics? The Singer Not the Song," Econometric Institute Research Papers, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), Econometric Institute EI 2010-45, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), Econometric Institute.
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  1. Michael McAleer & Felix Chan & Les Oxley, 2013. "Modeling and Simulation: An Overview," Working Papers in Economics, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance 13/18, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance.
  2. Chia-Lin Chang & Michael McAleer, 2014. "Quality Weighted Citations Versus Total Citations in the Sciences and Social Sciences," Documentos de Trabajo del ICAE, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Instituto Complutense de Análisis Económico 2014-06, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Instituto Complutense de Análisis Económico.
  3. Chia-Lin Chang & Michael McAleer, 2014. "Ranking Leading Econometrics Journals Using Citations Data from ISI and RePEc," Working Papers in Economics, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance 14/01, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance.
  4. Chia-Lin Chang & Michael McAleer, 2014. "Ranking Economics and Econometrics ISI Journals by Quality Weighted Citations," Working Papers in Economics, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance 14/07, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance.
  5. Chia-Lin Chang & Michael McAleer, 2014. "Quality Weighted Citations Versus Total Citations in the Sciences and Social Sciences," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers, Tinbergen Institute 14-023/III, Tinbergen Institute.
  6. Chang, C-L. & McAleer, M.J., 2014. "Just How Good are the Top Three Journals in Finance? An Assessment Based on Quantity and Quality Citations," Econometric Institute Research Papers, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), Econometric Institute EI2014-18, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), Econometric Institute.
  7. Chia-Lin Chang & Michael McAleer, 2014. "Ranking Economics and Econometrics ISI Journals by Quality Weighted Citations," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers, Tinbergen Institute 14-026/III, Tinbergen Institute.

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