Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 669–682 | Cite as

Editorial Board Self-Publishing Rates in Czech Economic Journals

  • Radek Zdeněk
Original Paper


This article investigates whether editorial board members of selected economic journals publish their research papers in their ‘own’ journal. Journals were selected from the Journal Citation Report® from the categories Business; Business, Finance; and Economics. Only research articles published between 2012 and 2015 were included in the analysis. We recorded ratios concerning the share of articles authored by editorial board members, the share of editorial board members publishing in their own journals and ratios representing their publication output. The average share of articles authored by editorial board members ranges from 0.6 to 17.5%. The average share of editorial board members publishing in their own journals ranges from 5.6 to 24.4%. Considering only editorial board members publishing in their own journals, the share of their articles in their journals ranges from 8.2 to 71.4%. While the share of board members publishing only in their own journals, to the number of board members publishing in their own journals, the ratio in a quarter of journals is equal to zero, with a maximum reach of 85.7%. All observed ratios are significantly positively correlated with the gap between impact factor and impact factor without Journal Self Cites; and negatively correlated with the Article Influence Score. A cluster of journals in which a high proportion of editorial board members publish and simultaneously these members publish in their own journal at a high rate was identified.


Editors Editorial boards Journals Bibliometrics Economics The Czech Republic 



This study was supported by Research Program of the Department of Accounting and Finance (RVO160).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EconomicsUniversity of South BohemiaČeské BudějoviceCzech Republic

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