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The Geography and Concentration of Authorship in the Top Five: Implications for European Economics

Simon Ek () and Magnus Henrekson ()
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Simon Ek: Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Postal: and Uppsala University, https://www.ifn.se/eng/people/graduate_students_and_research_assistants/simon-ek

No 1240, Working Paper Series from Research Institute of Industrial Economics

Abstract: We study to what degree authors who publish in the five most prestigious journals in economics have previously published there and in which world region they are based. Al­though still high, the concentration of U.S.-based and previously published top-five authors has decreased. This trend is driven by increased co-authorship between U.S. and non-U.S. scholars and between scholars with and without previous top-five articles. Only around 5 percent of all articles each year are written solely by first-time authors from outside the U.S., and this share has not increased since the mid-1990s. Against this background, we argue that European institutions should be wary of putting too much emphasis on publishing in these five journals. Both the advancement and diversity of the economics discipline may otherwise suffer.

Keywords: Bibliometrics; Impact of research; Ranking; Research output; Research productivity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A11 A13 A14 B41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-10-10, Revised 2018-11-14
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