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Patterns of Productivity in the Finance Literature: A Study of the Bibliometric Distributions

Kee H. Chung and Raymond A. K. Cox
The Journal of Finance
Vol. 45, No. 1 (Mar., 1990), pp. 301-309
Published by: Wiley for the American Finance Association
DOI: 10.2307/2328824
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2328824
Page Count: 9
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Abstract

This study finds a bibliometric regularity in the finance literature that the number of authors publishing n papers is about 1/nc of those publishing one paper. We find that the finance literature conforms very well to the inverse square law (c = 2) if data are taken from a large collection of journals. When applied to individual finance journals, we find that values of c range from 1.95 to 3.26. We also find that top-rated journals have higher concentrations among their contributors. This implies that the phenomenon "success breeds success" is more common in higher quality publications.

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