Sited, Sighted, and Cited: The Effect of JSTOR in Economic Research

32 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2009 Last revised: 13 Feb 2018

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Craig A. Depken

University of North Carolina at Charlotte - The Belk College of Business Administration - Department of Economics

Michael R. Ward

University of Texas at Arlington - College of Business Administration - Department of Economics; ZEW, Mannheim

Date Written: September 11, 2009

Abstract

By increasing the ability to discover, access, and use academic journal articles, the Internet has become the dominant mode by which scholars stay abreast of the scholarly literature. This new technology is hypothesized to have impacted the referencing pattern as well as the research productivity of scholars. These hypotheses are tested in the area of economics using a natural experiment of access to the JSTOR article archiving service. We find evidence that access to journals available through JSTOR leads economists to refer more to JSTOR journals at the expense of non-JSTOR journals, that is, JSTOR access induces substitution away from journals not available in the JSTOR archive. Furthermore, JSTOR access increases the quantity, if not quality, of economic research generated at an institution. From this accumulated evidence, we deduce that Information and Communication Technology has the potential to not only increase productivity, but by increasing research productivity, can also increase the rate of economic growth.

Keywords: internet, scholarly communication, academic research

JEL Classification: O30, D20, L96

Suggested Citation

Depken, Craig A. and Ward, Michael Robert, Sited, Sighted, and Cited: The Effect of JSTOR in Economic Research (September 11, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1472063 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1472063

Craig A. Depken

University of North Carolina at Charlotte - The Belk College of Business Administration - Department of Economics ( email )

Charlotte, NC 28223
United States

Michael Robert Ward (Contact Author)

University of Texas at Arlington - College of Business Administration - Department of Economics ( email )

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ZEW, Mannheim ( email )

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