Are academics willing to forgo citations to publish in high-status journals? Examining preferences for 4* and 4-rated journal publication among UK business and management academics

Rossella Salandra, Ammon Salter, James Walker

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Abstract



Academics often judge themselves and are judged by others according to the status of the journals in which they publish. Little is known about whether individual scholars would choose to publish a paper in a high-status journal if it would garner similar or lower levels of scholarly impact than a paper published in a lower-status journal. Drawing upon status theory, we explore whether and how much business school academics are willing to ‘pay’, as captured by a hypothetical level of ‘forfeited’ citations, to publish in high-status 4* journals rather than leading specialized 4-rated journals. Using choice-set design and survey data from UK business and management scholars, we suggest and empirically demonstrate that the willingness to forgo citations to publish in 4* journals is strongest among academics who have already published in 4* and/or 4-rated journals. Contrary to our expectations, we find that an individual's existing scholarly impact, as captured by prior citations, has no effect on this preference. We also show that academics working in high-ranked institutions would give up more citations for 4* journal publication than those working at lower-ranked institutions. We explore the implications of these findings for theories of academic status, journal rankings and research assessment systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1254-1270
Number of pages17
JournalBritish Journal of Management
Volume33
Issue number3
Early online date17 May 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors are grateful for the support received from the University of Reading and the University of Bath. This research is completely independent from any external agencies. The authors are grateful for the support received for their survey.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 The Authors. British Journal of Management published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of British Academy of Management.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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