Scientometrics

, Volume 110, Issue 3, pp 1573–1578 | Cite as

Title characteristics and citations in economics

Article

Abstract

We investigate the relationship between article title characteristics and citations in economics using a large data set from Web of Science. Our results suggest that articles with a short title that also contains a non-alphanumeric character achieve a higher citation count.

Keywords

Articles Title characteristics Citations Non-alphanumeric characters Title length 

JEL Classification

A12 A14 

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© Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BonnBonnGermany
  2. 2.Ifo Institute for Economic ResearchUniversity of MunichMunichGermany

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