, Volume 115, Issue 2, pp 1039–1050 | Cite as

Do papers with an institutional e-mail address receive more citations than those with a non-institutional one?

  • Si Shen
  • Ronald RousseauEmail author
  • Dongbo Wang


We explain how to determine automatically the e-mail address of the corresponding author in a Web of Science record. Next, we distinguish two types of e-mails used by corresponding authors of academic papers: institutional e-mails and non-institutional ones. We investigate differences between papers with an institutional e-mail address and those with a non-institutional one. It is found that, on average, papers with an institutional e-mail address receive more citations than other ones.


Institutional e-mail Non-institutional e-mail Number of citations Fake reviews 



We are very grateful to our graduate students who carefully labelled publications based on e-mails, collected data and helped with the calculations. Research of Si Shen and Dongbo Wang is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Number: 71503124). We thank two anonymous reviewers for helpful observations and suggestions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Economics and ManagementNanjing University of Science and TechnologyNanjingChina
  2. 2.Facultair Onderzoekscentrum ECOOMKU LeuvenLouvainBelgium
  3. 3.Faculty of Social SciencesUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium
  4. 4.College of Information and TechnologyNanjing Agricultural UniversityNanjingChina

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