This comparative study looks at the international impact of leading economics journals published in Spain, Italy, France and Germany. It also aims to establish whether they play similar roles in these four countries. For this purpose, data were collected on the number of times that articles published in these journals are cited in international journals on the ISI Journals lists. The study focused on the number and characteristics of the citations received during the period 1996 to 2004 by articles published between 1995 and 1999 in a limited number of Spanish, Italian, French and German journals. The international impact of the Spanish journals was found to be similar in size and characteristics to that of Italian publications. However, it differed sharply from the impact of the highest-ranking French and German journals, which received considerably more citations. Moreover, restricting the group of citing journals to the 'blue ribbon journals', the highest-ranking publications in the economics sector, only the leading journals in Germany and France received a significant number of references.
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Document Type: Research Article
Departament d'Econometria, Estadistica i Economia Espanyola, University of Barcelona, Avda., Diagonal, 690, 08034-Barcelona, Spain
Departament d'Historia i Institucions Economiques, University of Barcelona, Avda., Diagonal, 690, 08034-Barcelona, Spain
Publication date: 2010-03-01
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