Academic journal article The Behavior Analyst Today

Citation Performance of Behaviorally Oriented Journals

Academic journal article The Behavior Analyst Today

Citation Performance of Behaviorally Oriented Journals

Article excerpt

Multiple citation measures are provided for journals that routinely publish behaviorally oriented articles. These measures reveal how frequently articles from specific journals are cited, how a journal's citation performance is ranked compared to other journals, the proportion of a journal's citations that are self-citations, how rapidly a journal's articles are cited, and whether a journal's citations are from its recently published articles. The data reveal many journals making differential impacts on the literature as evidenced by their citation performances.

Key words: behavioral psychology, citation analysis, journals

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Content analyses of the behavioral literature have become increasingly popular in recent years. The content of behavioral journals has been examined for authorship trends (e.g., Mathews, 1997), assessment practices (e.g., Carr, Austin, Britton, Kellum, & Bailey, 1999), and general research characteristics (e.g., Northup, Vollmer, & Serrett, 1993), among other features. In addition, several articles have investigated the citation practices of specific journals (e.g., Laties & Mace, 1993). For example, Poling, Alling, and Fuqua (1994) evaluated self-and cross-citations between Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA) and Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (JEAB) and found relatively high self-citation rates within each journal and low cross-citation rates between them. Critchfield (2002) used citation measures to document relations among and between certain clusters of journals (e.g., basic and applied behavioral journals). The author reported, among other findings, that JABA's recent influence on other applied behavioral journals was relatively minor. Recently, Carr and Britton (2003) provided citation frequencies and impact factors for six applied behavioral journals over a 20-year period and found that the journals generally maintained their impact on the literature. The authors also reported additional citation measures (i.e., impact factor rank, self-citation rate, immediacy index, cited half-life) for nine applied behavioral journals for the 2000 publication year.

The purpose of the present article is to extend the Carr and Britton (2003) article by providing recent citation data for a larger and more diverse array of behaviorally oriented journals. The intended benefit of this effort is to summarize data that are widely available, but time-consuming to collate, such that the behavioral community has ready access to multiple quantitative measures for specific journals. These data reveal how frequently articles from specific journals are cited, how a journal's citation performance is ranked compared to other journals, the proportion of a journal's citations that are self-citations, how rapidly a journal's articles are cited, and whether a journal's citations are from its recently published articles (compared to ones from earlier years).

METHOD

Journal Selection

Journals were primarily selected from the PsycSCAN: Behavior Analysis & Therapy coverage list of behavioral journals. PsycSCAN: Behavior Analysis & Therapy was published by the American Psychological Association (APA) from 1995 to 2001 and biannually reprinted the bibliographic information and abstracts of articles published in the journals on its coverage list. The coverage list was developed by individuals selected by the Executive Committee of APA Division 25 (Behavior Analysis) and members of the APA Publications and Communications Board. Two additional behaviorally oriented journals (The Behavior Analyst Today, Cognitive and Behavioral Practice) were added to the 38 found on the PsycSCAN coverage list because they began publication after the coverage list was developed. The 40 journals that comprised our final list can be found in Tables 1 and 2.

Journal Citation Database

All citation data were obtained from Journal Citation Reports--Social Sciences Edition (JCR; Institute for Scientific Information, 2002). …

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