Is an Article in a Top Journal a Top Article?
Stanley D. Smith
University of Central Florida
Financial Management, Vol. 33, No. 4, Winter 2004
This study ranks 15 leading finance journals by the average number of Social Sciences Citation Index cites per articles for articles published in 1996. It also defines a "top article," compared to an "article in a top journal." Using different criteria for top articles, I examine the Type I error (a "top" article is rejected by a particular decision rule, e.g., in top three journals) and the Type II error (a "non-top" article is accepted as a top article) for each journal and combinations of the journals. Due to the high error rates, the results suggest that identifying top articles requires looking beyond the Top 3 journals, as well as examining each article more carefully for its intrinsic quality.
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Date posted: December 25, 2004
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