A recent citation-based study by N. Thongpapanl and myself has found Research-Technology Management (RTM) to be the third-ranked Technology Innovation Management specialty journal (see Linton, J. D. and N. Thongpapanl. "Perspective: Ranking the Technology Innovation Management Journals." Journal of Product Innovation Management, Match 2004, pp. 121-139).
This impressive ranking highlights the important role that RTM plays not only for practitioners, but also for academics who study technology and R&D management. The intent of this brief article is to offer some insights into how RTM is used and the role it plays in research on R&D.
We ranked the journals on the basis of citation frequency. Briefly, we considered each issue of the ten base journals listed in Table 1 for the five years, 1997 through 2001. For each base journal, the number of articles and citations, in each issue, were recorded and a record made of which journals were cited in each article of the base journal. We summarized this information according to the number of times a journal was cited by a base journal in each of the five years. The total number of citations and number of articles for the base journal were also recorded. By combining this information from each of the base journals it was possible to tank the cited journals based on citation frequency.
RTM placed third overall when compared to either specialty journals or all journals. If different …