Panel Data and Multilevel Analyses of Academic Publishing Success Paper

46 Pages Posted: 2 May 2022

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Richard A Williams

University of Notre Dame - Department of Sociology

Lutz Bornmann

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences

Andreas Thor

Leipzig University of Applied Sciences

Date Written: April 26, 2022

Abstract

What factors contribute to academic publishing success? What causes some works to be more widely cited and influential than others? Do scientists do their most successful and important work early in their careers, when their ideas are fresh and innovative? Or do they do it later when they are more established and experienced? We examine these issues using a unique 30+ year longitudinal dataset of nearly 375,000 publications and over 14,000 of their authors. Our most critical finding is that the vast majority of authors tend to have their most successful publications earlier in their careers, but there are a few exceptions. Gender, nationality, and field of study are also shown to be significantly related to publication success.

Keywords: Sociology of Science, Bibiometrics, Academic Success, Random & Fixed Effects Models, Marginal Effects

Suggested Citation

Williams, Richard A and Bornmann, Lutz and Thor, Andreas, Panel Data and Multilevel Analyses of Academic Publishing Success Paper (April 26, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4093415 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4093415

Richard A Williams (Contact Author)

University of Notre Dame - Department of Sociology ( email )

Notre Dame, IN 46556
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www3.nd.edu/~rwilliam/

Lutz Bornmann

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences ( email )

Mittelweg 187
69120 Heidelberg, 53113
Germany

Andreas Thor

Leipzig University of Applied Sciences ( email )

Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 132
Leipzig, 04277
Germany

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