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Title Characteristics and Citations in Economics


  • Matthias Gnewuch
  • Klaus Wohlrabe



We investigate the relationship between article title characteristics and citations in economics using a large data set from Web of Science. Our results suggest that articles with a short title that also contains a non-alphanumeric character achieve a higher citation count.

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  • Matthias Gnewuch & Klaus Wohlrabe, 2016. "Title Characteristics and Citations in Economics," CESifo Working Paper Series 6235, CESifo.
  • Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_6235

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    articles; title characteristics; citations; non-alphanumeric characters; title length;

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    • A12 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics


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