Concentration in Publishing at Top-Tier Business Journals: Evidence and Potential Explanations

40 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2005

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Edward P. Swanson

Texas A&M University - Mays Business School; Mays Business School, Texas A&M University

Christopher J. Wolfe

Texas A&M University - Department of Accounting

Asghar Zardkoohi

Texas A&M University - Department of Management

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Date Written: March 30, 2007

Abstract

We first investigate how articles are distributed among universities in a set of 14 highly ranked academic business journals over the period 1990-2002. We find the top publishing schools in accounting and finance supply a greater portion of their discipline's major journal articles than in management or marketing. Much of the concentration in accounting occurs at privately sponsored journals, where faculty at private (public) schools publish a relatively high (low) portion of the articles.

Next, we investigate how articles are distributed among individuals. We find the following: substantially fewer accounting faculty publish in a major journal; the average number of articles by accounting faculty who publish at least once exceeds that of finance, management or marketing; and successful accounting publishers are more likely to be affiliated with highly ranked research universities or private schools. Finally, we examine if economic consequences arise from this concentration and find evidence of lower promotion rates and salary increases for accounting full professors.

Keywords: Publishing, Promotion, Journal Rankings, Research Journals

JEL Classification: M40

Suggested Citation

Swanson, Edward P. and Wolfe, Christopher J. and Zardkoohi, Asghar, Concentration in Publishing at Top-Tier Business Journals: Evidence and Potential Explanations (March 30, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=871099 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.871099

Edward P. Swanson (Contact Author)

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Christopher J. Wolfe

Texas A&M University - Department of Accounting ( email )

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Asghar Zardkoohi

Texas A&M University - Department of Management ( email )

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College Station, TX 77843-4218
United States
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