An Evaluation of Research Impact in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing, Psychology, and the Natural Sciences
31 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2017
Date Written: August 18, 2017
We evaluate how two metrics of research impact differ across various disciplines and by topic area within accounting. The first metric is Altmetric’s attention measure, which captures attention to published research from online sources such as news sites, policy documents, social media, etc. The second metric is citations, and we focus particularly on how many of a disciplines’ citations come from their own disciplines versus other disciplines. Analyzing 1,822 articles published in elite journals across disciplines, we find that the average natural science publication receives 118 times more attention than the average accounting article, which is the lowest attention receiving discipline studied. Accounting receives less than a fourth of the average attention given to finance, the closest other discipline to accounting. Within accounting, tax articles receive the most attention and audit articles receive the least. In terms of citations, we find that only six percent of the accounting discipline’s citations come from other disciplines, which is a higher concentration of discipline self-citing than any other area other than marketing. Accounting articles are cited by other disciplines’ research more when considering all journal citations and not just citations in elite journal articles. Implications of these results are discussed.
Keywords: Research impact, citations, research contribution
JEL Classification: M4, M40, M41, M1, M10, A1, A10, M2, M20, M21, M3, M30, M31, Z00
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