Relative Significance of Insurance and Actuarial Journals and Articles: A Citation Analysis
Colquitt, L. Lee, Journal of Risk and Insurance
The relative significance of research published in 13 insurance and actuarial journals is evaluated by examining the frequency of citations in 13 insurance and actuarial journals and 16 of the leading finance journals from 1991 through 1995. The insurance and actuarial journals are ranked according to the total number of citations found during this period and the average relative "impact" of a journal's articles on future research. The study reveals the degree to which knowledge is communicated through the sample insurance and actuarial journals by observing the frequency with which these journals are cited by one another Finally, the most frequently cited articles from the sample insurance and actuarial journals are observed and reported.
The importance of evaluating journal quality has been documented in the finance literature by Alexander and Mabry (1994) and Zivney and Reichenstein (1994). Assessing journal quality is important because (1) hiring, promotion, and tenure decisions often are based in large part on the quality of a faculty member's research; (2) faculty are interested in directing research to outlets where publication is most appropriate and beneficial; (3) an editor's knowledge of a journal's quality is important in evaluating future editing decisions; and (4) an institution's knowledge of journal quality is valuable when few resources are available for the purchasing of research journals.
The issue of limited library resources is particularly relevant to many academics who research and teach in the areas of insurance and actuarial science. Gardner and Schmit (1995), in a survey of collegiate risk management and insurance (RMI) education programs in the United States and Canada, find that 20 percent of the 60 schools that offer an undergraduate RMI program have 50 or fewer students enrolled in the program every year. In addition, the survey also states that 56 percent of the schools that report offering undergraduate RMI studies offer only one or two classes. It is unlikely that these universities have significant funds available to provide resources that generally serve only a small percentage of all students and faculty.
The purpose of this article is to provide an objective measure of the quality of a sample of insurance and actuarial journals based upon the number of journal citations appearing in thirteen insurance and actuarial journals and sixteen of the leading finance journals. Rankings also are provided based on the average relative "impact" that the insurance and actuarial journals' articles have had on other research. The study reveals the degree to which knowledge is communicated between insurance and .actuarial journals by observing the frequency with which these journals are cited by one another. Finally, the most frequently cited articles from the sample insurance and actuarial journals are observed and reported.
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In recent years, citation data have been used extensively in finance research to rank research journals, rank the research productivity of individual authors and institutions, and to evaluate interjournal communication. Alexander and Mabry (1994) and Zivney and Reichenstein (1994) rank finance journals according to the number of citations found in finance journals during a five-year and one-year period, respectively. Borokhovich et al. (1995) use citation data to evaluate the finance research productivity of 661 academic institutions during the years 1989 through 1993, adjusting for the number of faculty in an institution and the quality of the journals in which the faculty published research.
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Publication information: Article title: Relative Significance of Insurance and Actuarial Journals and Articles: A Citation Analysis. Contributors: Colquitt, L. Lee - Author. Journal title: Journal of Risk and Insurance. Volume: 64. Issue: 3 Publication date: September 1997. Page number: 505+. © 2009 American Risk and Insurance Association, Inc. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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