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Determinants of citations in Ecological Economics, 2005 2018

M. Ballandonne, I. Cersosimo, C. Fouillet


We contribute to the literature studying ecological economics through the lens of bibliometrics by examining the determinants of citations to contributions published in the journal Ecological Economics from 2005 to 2018. We use a negative binomial regression model to examine the influence of theoretically chosen explanatory variables on the documents’ cumulative citation counts. Results show that the cumulative number of citations received is positively related to publishing in a special issue, with an increase in the number of authors, the number of author-provided keywords, the length of the abstract, the number of cited references, publishing with an open access option, and the length of the contribution. Cumulative citations are nevertheless negatively correlated with title length and with the publication of “other” contents (book reviews, corrections, letters, news items, and reprints) as compared to regular articles.


Bibliometrics, citations analysis, ecological economics, negative binomial regression, scientometrics

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