Incentives for journal editors

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Scholars may become journal editors because editors may generate more citations of their own works. This paper empirically establishes that a scholar's publications are more likely to be cited by papers in a journal that is edited by the scholar. We then test if editors exercise influence on authors to cite editors' papers by either pressuring authors ("editor-pressure" hypothesis) or accepting articles with references to the editors' papers ("editor-selection" hypothesis), by using the keyword analysis and the forward citation analysis, respectively. We find no evidence for the two hypotheses, which leaves self-selection as a possible cause for the editor effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)348-371
Number of pages24
JournalCanadian Journal of Economics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Feb

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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