Authors’ Publication Strategies and Citation Distributions in Journals
Psychology is a discipline standing at the crossroads of hard and social sciences. Some of psychology journals are attributed to SCIE in Web of Science database while others to SSCI (and some to both). So it is especially interesting to study bibliometric characteristics of psychology journals. We study not the citedness itself (IF etc.) but the citation distribution across papers within psychology publications. This is, so to say, “indicators of the second order” which measure the digression of the citations received by individual papers from the journal’s average. This also influences the publication strategies of the authors. Some journals guarantee to the author receiving of the mean number of citations while others have much more “All or Nothing” grade when any individual paper may have many cites or not have them at all. We also define four different types of psychology journals and explore their characteristics separately.