Impact of academic authorship characteristics on article citations

Faculty/Professorship: Work and Organisational Psychology  
Author(s): Otto, Philipp E.  ; Otto, Philipp
Title of the Journal: Revstat
ISSN: 1645-6726
Corporate Body: Instituto Nacional de Estatística
Publisher Information: Lisboa
Year of publication: 2022
Volume: 20
Issue: 4
Pages: 427-448
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.57805/revstat.v20i4.382
Scientific self-evaluation practices are increasingly built on citation counts. Citation practices for the top journals in economics, psychology, and statistics illustrate article characteristics that influence citation frequencies. Citation counts differ between the investigated disciplines, with economics attracting the most citations and statistics the least. Although articles in statistics are cited less frequently, its proportion of uncited articles is the smallest of all three disciplines. Academic authorship characteristics clearly influence the number of citations. Having authors alphabetically ordered, a practice differently present in the investigated disciplines, increases citations. Further, the more authors there are, the more the article is cited, and a first author with a common surname has positive effects on citation counts, whereas two or more authors sharing a surname attracts fewer citations. In addition, the shorter the article’s title, the higher the number of citations.
GND Keywords: Szientometrie
Keywords: Scientometrics, Publication Index, Citation Characteristics, Popular Author Names, Alphabetical Authorship
DDC Classification: 150 Psychology  
RVK Classification: CM 2200   
Type: Article
Release Date: 9. December 2022