B – Journal’s publisher country and citation rates

Schubert T, Michels C. Placing articles in the large publisher nations: is there a “free lunch” in terms of higher impact? Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 2013;64: 596–611
(doi: 10.1002/asi.22759)

This paper deals with the role of a journal’s publisher country in determining the expected citation rates of the articles published in it. It analyzes whether a paper has a higher citation rate when it is published in one of the large publisher nations, the USA, UK, or the Netherlands, compared to a hypothetical situation when the same paper is published in journals of different origin. Results showed that there is a nonquality-related “free-lunch” in terms of citations associated with publishing in the above nations.