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Patterns of Productivity in the Finance Literature: A Study of the Bibliometric Distributions

  • Chung, Kee H
  • Cox, Raymond A K

This study finds a bibliometric regularity in the finance literature that the number of authors publishing n papers is about 1/n(superscript "c") of those publishing one paper. The authors find that the finance literature conforms very well to the inverse square law(c = 2) if data are taken from a large collection of journals. When applied to individual finance journals, they find that values of c range from 1.95 to 3.26. They also find that top-rated journals have higher concentrations among their contributors. This implies that the phenomenon "success breeds success" is more common in higher-quality publications. Copyright 1990 by American Finance Association.

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Volume (Year): 45 (1990)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 301-09

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