Publisher DOI: 10.1016/
Title: Drivers of citations: An analysis of publications in “top” accounting journals
Authors: Meyer, Matthias 
Waldkirch, Rüdiger W. 
Duscher, Irina 
Just, Alexander 
Issue Date: Mar-2018
Source: Critical Perspectives on Accounting (51): 24-46 (2018-03)
Journal or Series Name: Critical perspectives on accounting 
Abstract (english): Citation counts are increasingly used to assess the impact and quality of articles, journals, researchers, and research institutions. At the same time, there is an ongoing debate about their usefulness as a performance measure. To understand the actual drivers of this measure in the accounting literature, we empirically investigated which factors affect the citation rates of publications in five “top“ journals of the field using a three-step regression to accommodate different theoretical perspectives on citations. Our results show that citation behavior is influenced by both article and author characteristics, suggesting that not only the universalistic but also the particularistic perspective on science is associated with citation behavior in the accounting field. Contrary to previous studies, we identify several particularistic variables as significant, relating to the visibility and position of researchers in the scientific system and to how they promote their research. In addition, the strong effects of the universalistic variables of subject area and research method point to the possibility that the use of citation counts for evaluating performance might create a bias in favor of certain types of research. Overall, our results should urge caution against the uncritical use of citation counts as an indicator of quality and a performance measure.
ISSN: 1045-2354
Institute: Controlling und Simulation W-1 
Type: (wissenschaftlicher) Artikel
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