Quantity vs. Quality: Impact on Scholarly Contribution

Central Michigan University Working Paper No. 10/17/03

17 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2003 Last revised: 15 Apr 2016

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Kee H. Chung

State University of New York at Buffalo - School of Management

Raymond Cox

Thompson Rivers University

John B. Mitchell

Central Michigan University - Department of Finance and Law

Abstract

In this study, we show that the number of papers published by an individual in a broad set of journals is a poor predictor of the number of citations the individual will receive: the former explains less than 7% of cross-sectional variation in the latter. We find, however, that the number of papers in the top four journals explains more than 25% of cross-sectional variation in the number of citations. The number of papers published by an individual in a broad set of both high- and lower-quality journals increases with the number of years since graduation. We find, however, that the number of papers in the top four journals does not increase with the number of years since graduation, indicating that the likelihood of publication in the top journals declines substantially as people get older.

Keywords: Articles published, Citations, Relationship between publications and citations

JEL Classification: I29, G00

Suggested Citation

Chung, Kee H. and Cox, Raymond and Mitchell, John B., Quantity vs. Quality: Impact on Scholarly Contribution. Central Michigan University Working Paper No. 10/17/03. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=459742 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.459742

Kee H. Chung (Contact Author)

State University of New York at Buffalo - School of Management ( email )

Buffalo, NY 14260
United States
716-645-3262 (Phone)
716-645-3823 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://mgt.buffalo.edu/faculty/academic-departments/finance/faculty/kee-chung.html

Raymond Cox

Thompson Rivers University ( email )

900 McGill Road
Kamloops, British Columbia V2C 0C8
Canada
250-852-6387 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.tru.ca/business/facultyresearch/faculty/facultybios/raymond_cox_bio.html

John B. Mitchell

Central Michigan University - Department of Finance and Law ( email )

328 Sloan Hall
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
989-774-3651 (Phone)

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