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Publishing in The Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy and an Evaluation (via Citation Counts) of JRAP’s Influence on Scholarship in Regional Science

  • Garey C. Durden
  • Patricia E. Gaynor

In this paper we provide an analysis of publishing in The Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy and we attempt, through extensive citation counts, to determine the relative influence and importance of both the journal and the authors who have published in JRAP. Much of this information updates the work of an earlier paper (2001) by David Marcouiller and Steve Deller, who were editors of the journal at the time they wrote. We present tables to show multiple authorship and the affiliations of all authors publishing in the journal since it’s inception, and other information of that nature. What is new here is the citation analyses which were made possible by the recently constructed website “Google Scholar”. Using this website we were able to determine which were the most cited papers in JRAP and were also able to list the journals and books from which the citations to the most cited papers came. We found that, while JRAP is not heavily cited, there were more than 400 origins of citations to those papers in the journal that were cited 25 or more times. We also found total citations to multiple authors, with several having 2000 or more and two having more than 6000. We listed and discussed some of the most important papers, some with hundreds of cites, that were published elsewhere by JRAP authors. Our conclusion is that JRAP has had a considerable influence on regional science, primarily through the importance of bodies of work of those who have published in the journal. Finally, as Marcouiller and Deller noted in their 2001 paper, there is still a need to encourage highly influential regional scientists to participate in the various activities of the MCRSA and to submit papers to JRAP. Key Words:

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Appalachian State University in its series Working Papers with number 14-07.

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