The Readability of Finance Articles and the Number of Citations: Can Articles Be Too Straightforward to Be Cited?

50 Pages Posted: 26 Aug 2017 Last revised: 23 Sep 2018

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Marc Berninger

Darmstadt University of Technology

Florian Kiesel

Grenoble Ecole de Management

Dirk Schiereck

Darmstadt University of Technology

Eduard Gaar

Darmstadt University of Technology

Date Written: August 22, 2018

Abstract

We study the readability of academic publications and how it impacts article citations. We analyze 4,160 finance articles published in leading journals from 2000-2016, and find a positive correlation between reading complexity and the number of citations achieved by a paper. However, this result does not hold for 8,236 articles published in eleven less recognized finance journals. The patterns suggest that researchers prefer unintelligibly written papers from leading journals when underlining the importance of their own work. This preference poses a challenge to editors and reviewers who must evaluate the final contributions of submitted papers within the academic publication process.

Keywords: Academic writing, Readability, Textual Analysis, Finance Literature, Scientometrics, Journal Reputation

JEL Classification: D83, G00, G10

Suggested Citation

Berninger, Marc and Kiesel, Florian and Schiereck, Dirk and Gaar, Eduard, The Readability of Finance Articles and the Number of Citations: Can Articles Be Too Straightforward to Be Cited? (August 22, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3024694 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3024694

Marc Berninger

Darmstadt University of Technology ( email )

Hochschulstra├če 1
Darmstadt, Hesse D-64289
Germany

Florian Kiesel (Contact Author)

Grenoble Ecole de Management ( email )

12 Rue Pierre Semard
Grenoble, Cedex 01 38000
France

Dirk Schiereck

Darmstadt University of Technology ( email )

Universitaets- und Landesbibliothek Darmstadt
Magdalenenstrasse 8
Darmstadt, Hesse D-64289
Germany

Eduard Gaar

Darmstadt University of Technology ( email )

Hochschulstra├če 1
Darmstadt, Hessen 64289
Germany

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