Article Contribution and Subsequent Citation Rates: Evidence from European Accounting Review

Posted: 10 Jan 2010

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Geert Van Campenhout

KU Leuven - FEB@HUBrussel

Tom Van Caneghem

KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB); University of Antwerp - Faculty of Applied Economics

Date Written: January 8, 2010

Abstract

Recent investigations suggest that research assessments are mainly based on publication counts and journal level and, hence, fail at capturing the multi-faced nature of research performance. Instead, some commentators indicate that focus on the article’s contribution would stimulate a more polycentric approach to research. In the current study we investigate the role of an article’s contribution on its citations. In doing this, we gather data from European Accounting Review, an outlet that plays an instrumental role in the dissemination of Europe-based accounting research and that holds a long tradition of tolerance towards the use of diverse research methods and paradigms. We employ proxies to evaluate the objective contribution of an article as well as author reputation. Our findings suggest that articles are cited for their contribution rather than as a result of the characteristics of their authors. Our study also poses some suggestions to capture the multi-faceted nature of research performance.

Keywords: European Accounting Review, accounting journal, author characteristics, article characteristics, citation rates, probit regression analysis

Suggested Citation

Van Campenhout, Geert and Van Caneghem, Tom, Article Contribution and Subsequent Citation Rates: Evidence from European Accounting Review (January 8, 2010). European Accounting Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1533296

Geert Van Campenhout

KU Leuven - FEB@HUBrussel ( email )

Warmoesberg 26
Brussel, 1000
Belgium

Tom Van Caneghem (Contact Author)

KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB) ( email )

Naamsestraat 69
Leuven, B-3000
Belgium

University of Antwerp - Faculty of Applied Economics ( email )

Prinsstraat 13
Antwerp, B-2000
Belgium

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