Citation patterns in organization and management journals: Margins and centres in the field

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Citations tell us something about the patterns of knowledge exchange around a particular journal. To examine this network, one can use Thomson Reuters’ Journal Citation Reports database and derive three basic citation relationships: the numbers of articles citing (and thus influenced by) a journal, articles cited by (thus influencing) a journal, as well as the self-citation rate of the journal. In this article we examine the patterns relating to 27 selected journals in organization and management. The article proposes an influence metric with a citing and cited pair. The metric is applied to develop a taxonomy which classifies journals into one of four types of influence network, and comments on the way in which this sort of citation data locates Organization clearly on the margins in a number of important ways. We also comment on whether marginalization is an effect of interdisciplinarity, and political and methodological heterodoxy.


The authors:

“Some journals are central to the field, both in terms of volume of citations and the places that their citations come from and go to. Other journals are less important, based on volume of citations, and yet others are both less important and more marginal, in terms of citing more outside the field………We conclude by asking whether a journal could be critical of a field and still be central to it in citation terms. It seems unlikely, simply because it seems to need to reflect disciplinary orthodoxies (in method, epistemology and politics) in order to become an institution which reproduces a field, in terms of citation influence. In some sense then, the cost of heterodoxy is the likelihood that work will not be read as much, cited as much, and count for ranking exercises.”



Citation patterns in organization and management journals: Margins and centresEldon Y. Li, Martin Parker

Organization March 2013 vol. 20 no. 2 299-322

Doi: 10.1177/1350508412455118

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