A lucrative seat at the table: Are editorial board members generally over-cited in their own journals?



Flattery citations of editors, potential referees, etc. is recurrently claimed to be a common strategy among academic authors. From a sociology of science perspective, as well as from a citation analytical perspective, it is both an interesting claim and a consequential one. Consequently, the claim deserves further analyses. The present paper presents a citation analysis of the editorial board members of four Library and Information Science journals analysed at five year intervals from 1995 to 2005. The results do not unambiguously show a tendency to give flattery citations to editors and members of editorial boards in these four journals. Furthermore, any potential effect is found to be irrelevant as the difference in citations is negligible.