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Coercive journal self citations, impact factor, Journal Influence and Article Influence

  • Chang, Chia-Lin
  • McAleer, Michael
  • Oxley, Les

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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Volume (Year): 93 (2013)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 190-197

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  1. 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.
  2. Chia-Lin Chang & Michael McAleer & Les Oxley, 2011. "How are Journal Impact, Prestige and Article Influence Related? An Application to Neuroscience," Working Papers in Economics 11/06, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance.
  3. Chia‐Lin Chang & Michael McAleer & Les Oxley, 2011. "What Makes A Great Journal Great In Economics? The Singer Not The Song," Journal of Economic Surveys, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 25(2), pages 326-361, 04.
  4. Franceschet, Massimo, 2010. "Journal influence factors," Journal of Informetrics, Elsevier, vol. 4(3), pages 239-248.
  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, 2010. "What Makes a Great Journal Great in the Sciences? Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?," KIER Working Papers 746, Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research.
  7. Michael McAleer & Chia-Lin Chang & Esfandiar Maasoumi, 2012. "Robust Ranking of Journal Quality:An Application to Economics," KIER Working Papers 813, Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research.
  8. Chia-Lin Chang & Michael McAleer, 2012. "Ranking Journal Quality by Harmonic Mean of Ranks: An Application to ISI Statistics & Probability," Working Papers in Economics 12/11, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance.
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