The effect of the “very important paper” (VIP) designation in Angewandte Chemie International Edition on citation impact: A propensity score matching analysis

Journal article
(Original article)


Publication Details

Author(s): Mutz R, Wolbring T, Daniel HD
Journal: Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Publication year: 2017
Volume: 68
Journal issue: 9
Pages range: 2139–2153
ISSN: 2330-1643
Language: English


Abstract

Scientific journals publish an increasing number of articles every year.
To steer readers’ attention to the most important papers, journals use
several techniques (e.g., lead paper). Angewandte Chemie International
Edition (AC), a leading international journal in chemistry, signals
high-quality papers through designating them as a “very important paper”
(VIP). This study aims to investigate the citation impact of
Communications in AC receiving the special feature VIP, both cumulated
and over time. Using propensity score matching, treatment group (VIP)
and control group (non-VIP) were balanced for 14 covariates to estimate
the unconfounded “average treatment effect on the treated” for the VIP
designation. Out of N = 3,011 Communications published in 2007 and 2008,
N = 207 received the special feature VIP. For each Communication, data
were collected from AC (e.g., referees’ ratings) and from the databases
Chemical Abstracts (e.g., sections) and the Web of Science (e.g.,
citations). The estimated unconfounded average treatment effect on the
treated (that is, Communications designated as a VIP) was statistically
significant and amounted to 19.83 citations. In addition, the special
feature VIP fostered the cumulated annual citation growth. For instance,
the time until a Communication reached its maximum annual number of
citations, was reduced.


FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Wolbring, Tobias Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Empirische Wirtschaftssoziologie


How to cite

APA:
Mutz, R., Wolbring, T., & Daniel, H.-D. (2017). The effect of the “very important paper” (VIP) designation in Angewandte Chemie International Edition on citation impact: A propensity score matching analysis. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 68(9), 2139–2153. https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/asi.23701

MLA:
Mutz, Rüdiger, Tobias Wolbring, and Hans-Dieter Daniel. "The effect of the “very important paper” (VIP) designation in Angewandte Chemie International Edition on citation impact: A propensity score matching analysis." Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology 68.9 (2017): 2139–2153.

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