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Academic In-Group Bias

VU International News and Reviews No. 108 March 12 2018

March 2018

In the online journal of the Social Science Research Network (SSRN), two scholars from the University of Haifa have published a study examining if academic journals favour authors who share their institutional affiliation. Comparing citation counts with a ‘difference-in-differences methodology for articles written by in-group members, the authors find that when there is an affiliation between author and journal, the articles get 9 to 19 fewer citations. Taking citations as a proxy for quality, the intimation is that authors with affiliation to a journal get their article placed more easily and with lower quality.

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