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

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  • Chung, Kee H
  • Cox, Raymond A K

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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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  • Chung, Kee H & Cox, Raymond A K, 1990. " Patterns of Productivity in the Finance Literature: A Study of the Bibliometric Distributions," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 45(1), pages 301-309, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jfinan:v:45:y:1990:i:1:p:301-09
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