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Are half of the published papers in top-management-journals never cited?: Refuting the myth and examining the reason for its creation

Are half of the published papers in top-management-journals never cited?: Refuting the myth and examining the reason for its creation
Are half of the published papers in top-management-journals never cited?: Refuting the myth and examining the reason for its creation
A stylised fact in bibliometric research is that in the field of management studies, half or more of the papers published are never cited. If true, this implies that efforts and resources are considerably wasted because half of the academic work is not considered worthy by the same community that developed them. We studied a sample of 2777 papers published in 20 journals and representing different levels of quality. Of these, only 191 papers, representing 6.5% of the sample, were never cited, suggesting that the aforementioned stylised fact is a myth. We identified the factors that contribute to the level of citations, including the ranking of the journal in the quality list, time since last citation, and number of authors. The implications discussed suggest a need for reflection regarding the relevance of the factors that predict future citations.
0307-5079
Baruch, Yehuda
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Homberg, Fabian
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Alshaikhmubarak, Abdulrahman A I
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Baruch, Yehuda
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Homberg, Fabian
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Alshaikhmubarak, Abdulrahman A I
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Baruch, Yehuda, Homberg, Fabian and Alshaikhmubarak, Abdulrahman A I (2020) Are half of the published papers in top-management-journals never cited?: Refuting the myth and examining the reason for its creation. Studies in Higher Education. (doi:10.1080/03075079.2020.1861594).

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A stylised fact in bibliometric research is that in the field of management studies, half or more of the papers published are never cited. If true, this implies that efforts and resources are considerably wasted because half of the academic work is not considered worthy by the same community that developed them. We studied a sample of 2777 papers published in 20 journals and representing different levels of quality. Of these, only 191 papers, representing 6.5% of the sample, were never cited, suggesting that the aforementioned stylised fact is a myth. We identified the factors that contribute to the level of citations, including the ranking of the journal in the quality list, time since last citation, and number of authors. The implications discussed suggest a need for reflection regarding the relevance of the factors that predict future citations.

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Accepted/In Press date: 20 October 2020
e-pub ahead of print date: 17 December 2020

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Local EPrints ID: 445392
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/445392
ISSN: 0307-5079
PURE UUID: 712fc7ea-4283-4900-aee6-6afbfb50ae5a
ORCID for Yehuda Baruch: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0678-6273

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Date deposited: 07 Dec 2020 17:32
Last modified: 17 Jun 2022 04:01

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Author: Yehuda Baruch ORCID iD
Author: Fabian Homberg

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