Leadership in Scholarship: Editors' Appointments and the Profession's Narrative

40 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2018 Last revised: 4 Dec 2020

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Ali Sina Önder

University of Portsmouth

Sergey V. Popov

Cardiff University - Cardiff Business School

Sascha Schweitzer

University of Bayreuth

Date Written: December 4, 2020

Abstract

Academic journals disseminate new knowledge, and therefore can influence the direction and composition of ongoing research by choosing what to publish. We study the change in the topic structure of papers published in the American Economic Review (AER) after the appointments of editors and coeditors of the AER between 1985 and 2011 using a textual analysis of accepted publications. We compare AER's topic structure to that of the other top general interest journals. The appointment of new AER editors, while accompanied by a minor co-movement of AER topics towards topics of editors' post-appointment publications, is not an indicator of editors' personal taste in topics, but rather indicates the desire of those who appoint editors to premediate trends in other Top 5 journals.

Keywords: Academia; Knowledge Dissemination; In uence; Journals; Editors; Publications; Latent Dirichlet Allocation; Topic Analysis

JEL Classification: A11, A14, O3

Suggested Citation

Önder, Ali Sina and Popov, Sergey V. and Schweitzer, Sascha, Leadership in Scholarship: Editors' Appointments and the Profession's Narrative (December 4, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3105539 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3105539

Ali Sina Önder (Contact Author)

University of Portsmouth ( email )

Portsmouth, PO1 3DE
United Kingdom

Sergey V. Popov

Cardiff University - Cardiff Business School ( email )

Aberconway Building
Colum Drive
Cardiff, CF10 3EU
United Kingdom

Sascha Schweitzer

University of Bayreuth ( email )

Universitatsstr 30
Bayreuth, D-95447
Germany

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