Frandsen, TF; Nicolaisen, J. 2011. Praise the Bridge That Carries You Over: Testing the Flattery Citation Hypothesis. JASIST 62 (5): 807-818.
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Frandsen, TF; Nicolaisen, J. 2011. Praise the Bridge That Carries You Over:
Testing the Flattery Citation Hypothesis. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY
FOR INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 62 (5): 807-818..
Author Full Name(s): Frandsen, Tove Faber; Nicolaisen, Jeppe
Document Type: Article
KeyWords Plus: JOURNAL IMPACT FACTORS; ECONOMICS JOURNALS; ORTEGA
HYPOTHESIS; PUBLICATION LAGS; SCIENCE; ECONOMETRICS; SLOWDOWN;
Abstract: Flattery citations of editors, potential referees, and so on have been
claimed to be a common strategy among academic authors. From a sociology of
science perspective as well as from a citation analytical perspective, it is both
an interesting claim and a consequential one. The article presents a citation
analysis of the editorial board members entering the American Economic Review
from 1984 to 2004 using a citation window of 11 years. To test the flattery
citation hypothesis further, we have conducted a study applying the
difference-in-differences estimator. We analyze the number of times the editors
and editorial board members of the American Economic Review were cited in
articles published in the journal itself as well as in a pool of documents
comprising articles from the Journal of Political Economy and the Quarterly
Journal of Economics. The results of the analyses do not support the existence
of a flattery citation effect.
Addresses: [Frandsen, Tove Faber] Univ So Denmark, DK-5230 Odense M,
Denmark; [Nicolaisen, Jeppe] Royal Sch Lib & Informat Sci, DK-2300
Copenhagen S, Denmark
Reprint Address: Frandsen, TF, Univ So Denmark, Campusvej 55, DK-5230
Odense M, Denmark.
E-mail Address: tofr at litcul.sdu.dk; jni at iva.dk
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