Economics Intelligence

A number of business and economic journals systematically manipulate their impact factors and try to artificially boost their academic reputation. This is the staggering conclusion of a survey conducted by two American economists, Allen W. Wilhite and Eric A. Fong, both affiliated with The University of Alabama, Huntsville.

The authors reveal that editors frequently and deliberately force researchers to quote articles that originally have not been considered relevant by them. Usually the editors them them to refer to articles which were published in the very same journal the authors submitted their work to. However, some editors even try to push the citation of individual articles and researchers. Says Eric A. Fong:

“This type of behavior hurts all of academia and affects the integrity of academic publications.”

Among the worst offenders are a number of leading management journals: the “Journal of Business Research”, the “Journal of Retailing” and “Marketing Science” top…

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