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Peer Review versus Citations - An Analysis of Best Paper Prizes

Tom Coupé

No 35, Discussion Papers from Kyiv School of Economics

Abstract: In this paper, I analyze the ‘best paper’ prizes given by economics and finance journals to the best article published in their journal in a given year. More specifically, I compare the citations received by best paper prize-winning papers to citations received by papers that are awarded runner up prizes and to citations received by non-winning papers. In this way, I evaluate to what extent the prize jury members are able to pick the papers that are ‘best’ in terms of citations. The data show that the paper that gets the ‘best paper’ prize, is rarely the most cited paper; is, in a small majority of cases, cited more than the runner up papers and is, in most cases, cited more than the median paper.

Keywords: peer review; citations; academic quality; performance evaluation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2010-06
Note: Submitted to Economic Journal
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