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

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  • Chia-Lin Chang

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    (Department of Applied Economics, Department of Finance, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan)

  • Michael McAleer

    (Econometric Institute, Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Tinbergen Institute, The Netherlands, Department of Quantitative Economics, Complutense University of Madrid, and Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University.)

  • Les Oxley

    ()
    (Department of Economics, 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 Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales in its series Documentos del Instituto Complutense de Análisis Económico with number 2013-10.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2013
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Handle: RePEc:ucm:doicae:1310

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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 & Esfandiar Maasoumi & Michael McAleer, 2012. "Robust Ranking of Journal Quality: An Application to Economics," Working Papers in Economics 12/05, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance.
  2. 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 EI 2010-45, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), Econometric Institute.
  3. Chang, C-L. & McAleer, M.J., 2012. "Ranking Journal Quality by Harmonic Mean of Ranks: An Application to ISI Statistics & Probability," Econometric Institute Research Papers EI 2012-16, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), Econometric Institute.
  4. Chia-Lin Chang & Michael McAleer, 2011. "Citations and Impact of ISI Tourism and Hospitality Journals," Working Papers in Economics 11/27, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance.
  5. Chia-Lin Chang & Michael McAleer & Les Oxley, 2010. "Great Expectatrics: Great Papers, Great Journals, Great Econometrics," Working Papers in Economics 10/36, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance.
  6. Chia-Lin Chang & Michael McAleer & Les Oxley, 2011. "How are Journal Impact, Prestige and Article Influence Related? An Application to Neuroscience," KIER Working Papers 756, Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research.
  7. Chang, C-L. & McAleer, M.J. & Oxley, L., 2010. "What Makes a Great Journal Great in the Sciences? Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?," Econometric Institute Research Papers EI 2010-75, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), Econometric Institute.
  8. Franceschet, Massimo, 2010. "Journal influence factors," Journal of Informetrics, Elsevier, vol. 4(3), pages 239-248.
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Cited by:
  1. Michael McAleer & Felix Chan & Les Oxley, 2013. "Modelling and Simulation: An Overview," KIER Working Papers 865, Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research.
  2. Chia-Lin Chang & Michael McAleer, 2014. "Quality Weighted Citations Versus Total Citations in the Sciences and Social Sciences," Working Papers in Economics 14/08, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance.
  3. Chia-Lin Chang & Michael McAleer, 2013. "Ranking Leading Econometrics Journals using Citations Data from ISI and RePEc," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 13-173/III, Tinbergen Institute.
  4. Chia-Lin Chang & Michael McAleer, 2014. "Ranking Economics and Econometrics ISI Journals by Quality Weighted Citations," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 14-026/III, Tinbergen Institute.
  5. Chia-Lin Chang & Michael McAleer, 2014. "Just how Good are the Top Three Journals in Finance? An Assessment based on Quantity and Quality Citations," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 14-062/III, Tinbergen Institute.

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