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Article placement and market signalling

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Does article placement by journal editors influence the number of citations an article receives? Articles that appeared in eight top economics journals in 1990 were examined. Holding constant author quality, article length, journal quality and subject area, the empirical results show that the article placement position in a journal issue has a statistically insignificant effect on the number of citations an article receives. The impact of favourable article placement on citations is initially positive, but diminishes over time. This finding is consistent with the hypothesis that journal editors use favourable article placement as non-monetary compensation to authors.

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  • M. H. Medoff, 2003. "Article placement and market signalling," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 10(10), pages 601-604.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:10:y:2003:i:10:p:601-604
    DOI: 10.1080/1350485032000125218
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