Citation Patterns within the Leading Top-Tier Finance Journals: Implications for Journal Rankings and Other Issues

35 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2007

Date Written: November 1, 2007


This paper examines all citations and self-citations to a list of 94 finance journals appearing in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics and Review of Financial Studies from 1995 through 2005. Additionally, the publication profile of 100 prolific authors in top-tier finance journals is tabulated for these 94 journals. Citations to non-finance journals in economics and accounting are also tabulated for comparison with their finance counterpart along with working papers. Five ranking schemes are constructed with each scheme identifying the top fifty finance journals. Citations to finance journals are highly concentrated within ten journals and similarly for self-citations. Authors of papers appearing in top-tier finance journals pay scant attention to the bulk of research published in other finance journals. Furthermore, these authors cite other economic journals with greater frequency than their counterpart in finance. Of the top fifty finance journals identified in this paper, only 19 are listed in Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), and this compares to approximately 500 listed economic journals. Some glaring omissions from SSCI are identified, but most notably the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Journal of Financial Research, Journal of Empirical Finance and Journal of Fixed Income. An analysis of 2006 citations patterns is also presented. The top-tier mantra assigned to finance journals has a void with the decision by the Journal of Business to cease publication with the November 2006 issue. This paper identifies five finance journals anyone of which could potentially fill the void.

Keywords: Citation patterns, concentration, finance journal rankings

JEL Classification: G10, G19

Suggested Citation

Maberly, Edwin D. and Pierce, Raylene Marie, Citation Patterns within the Leading Top-Tier Finance Journals: Implications for Journal Rankings and Other Issues (November 1, 2007). Available at SSRN: or

Edwin D. Maberly (Contact Author)

Monash University ( email )

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Raylene Marie Pierce

Deakin University ( email )

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Victoria, Victoria 3216

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