Relative Significance of Journals, Authors, and Articles Cited in Financial Research

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  • JOHN C. ALEXANDER JR.,

  • RODNEY H. MABRY

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    • The authors are both affiliated with Clemson University. We wish to thank Arthur Sharplin for his input on an earlier article that] led to the current study. We also wish to thank James Ang, Mike Maloney, Mark Mitchell, Harold Mulherin, William Schwert, Clifford Smith, and René Stulz for helpful comments on earlier drafts. The usual caveat applies.

ABSTRACT

We evaluate journals based on their relative contributions to top-level finance research in a recent period. Journals are ranked according to the number of citations found in articles published in Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Review of Financial Studies. The analysis controls for both the average number of articles and average number of words published annually in each cited journal. We identify the fifty most frequently cited journals during this period. We also list the fifty most frequently cited authors and articles and note topical trends in the research.

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