nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2019‒10‒28
three papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Axventure AB

  1. Conference Presentations and Academic Publishing By Yuriy Gorodnichenko; Tho Pham; Oleksandr Talavera
  2. Cover Effects on Citations Uncovered: Evidence from Nature By Pietro Battiston; Pier Luigi Sacco; Luca Stanca
  3. Construction of a Normalized Open Access Indicator (NOAI) By Abdelghani Maddi

  1. By: Yuriy Gorodnichenko (University of California, Berkeley); Tho Pham (Department of Economics, University of Reading); Oleksandr Talavera (University of Birmingham)
    Abstract: We quantify the contribution of conferences to publication success of more than 4,000 papers presented at three leading economics conferences over the 2006-2012 period. We show a positive link between conference presentation and the publishing probability in high-quality journals. Participating in major conferences is also associated with improved metrics for other measures of academic success such as the number of citations or abstract views. While the results are broadly similar across fields, annual meetings of the American Economic Association are particularly valuable in these dimensions. We also find that female authors appear to gain less from conferences than male authors.
    Keywords: conferences, publishing outcomes, research visibility, professional development, gender effects
    JEL: I23 O39
    Date: 2019–10
  2. By: Pietro Battiston; Pier Luigi Sacco; Luca Stanca
    Abstract: Despite the prominent role played by bibliometric indicators for evaluating research, progress in pinning down the determinants of citation ows has so far been hindered by endogeneity issues. Based on 30 years of bibliometric data, we exploit a Regression Discontinuity Design to causally identify the effects that an article featured on the cover of the journal Nature has on citations to all articles by its authors. We confirm that, over time, cover articles are cited significantly more than non-cover articles, with this difference being long-lasting. However, when considering all articles by Nature authors, we find evidence of a crowding-out effect: the publication of a cover article causes citations to previous articles by its authors to decline sharply relative to citations to articles by non-cover authors.
    Keywords: Bibliometric indicators, Citation flows, Research evaluation, Cover article.
    JEL: I23 Z1 C5 O3
    Date: 2019–10
  3. By: Abdelghani Maddi (Centre d'Economie de l'Université de Paris Nord (CEPN))
    Abstract: The issue of Open Access (OA) in research is attracting growing interest both within the scientific community and on the political scene. Some centers specializing in the production of science indicators now include OA indicators by institution. In its 2019 ranking, the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) provides a ranking of institutions according to their share of open access publications. This gives an idea of the degree of openness of institutions. However, the fact of not taking into account the disciplinary specificities and the specialization of the institutions makes the rankings based on the shares of the OA publications biased. We show that open access publishing practices vary considerably by discipline. As a result, we propose two methods of normalization of OA share; by WoS subject categories and by OST disciplines. Normalization corrects OA's share taking into account disciplinary practices. This allows a better comparability of different actors.
    Keywords: Open Access, normalisation, ranking, institution, bibliometrics
    Date: 2019–10

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