Differences in citation rates by country of origin for papers published in top-ranked medical journals: do they reflect inequalities in access to publication?


Akre, O; Barone-Adesi, F; Pettersson, A; Pearce, N; Merletti, F; Richiardi, L; (2011) Differences in citation rates by country of origin for papers published in top-ranked medical journals: do they reflect inequalities in access to publication? Journal of epidemiology and community health, 65 (2). pp. 119-23. ISSN 0143-005X DOI: https://doi.org/10.1136/jech.2009.088690

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Abstract

The acceptance of a paper in a top-ranked journal depends on the importance of the study, and should not depend on its country of origin. If the papers' citation rate is a proxy for their importance, and the threshold for acceptance is unrelated to the country of origin, papers from different countries published in the same journal should have a similar number of citations. Conversely, if the threshold is lowered for some countries, their papers will have a lower mean citation rate.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Medical Statistics
Research Centre: Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
PubMed ID: 19934169
Web of Science ID: 285543800006
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/1542

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