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Assessing the developing knowledge-base of product counterfeiting: a content analysis of four decades of research

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Considering the steady and rapid growth of product counterfeiting and the damage it causes to society, it is important for criminology and criminal justice scholars to assist criminal justice officials, industry practitioners, and law makers in understanding the product counterfeiting problem and developing strategies to combat it. However, for researchers to be effective in their advisory role they must first establish what is known about product counterfeiting. As a first step in this process, we investigated relevant published research through a content analysis of 47 articles discussing product counterfeiting published in criminal justice and criminology journals through 2014. We analyzed various characteristics about the articles themselves, their authors, the journals they appeared in, and the nature and extent of their focus on product counterfeiting. We conclude this study with an evaluation of the state of product counterfeiting research and recommendations for future research.

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    Impact factors are determined by Thomson Reuters (formerly known as the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI)) through the Journal Citation Reports (JCR). Journal impact factors have been subject to numerous critiques as to their calculation and usefulness in making journal comparisons. As a result, they should be interpreted in the proper context and are provided here as an additional piece of descriptive information. Therefore, these scores should be viewed with caution and used only for general comparative purposes only, as many potential influences determine the impact factors in any given year. They should not be interpreted as the definitive value of journals or individual articles published in those journals.

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Appendix: Product counterfeiting related articles identified in criminology and criminal justice journals

Appendix: Product counterfeiting related articles identified in criminology and criminal justice journals

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Sullivan, B.A., Chan, F., Fenoff, R. et al. Assessing the developing knowledge-base of product counterfeiting: a content analysis of four decades of research. Trends Organ Crim 20, 338–369 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12117-016-9300-5

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Keywords

  • Product counterfeiting
  • Content analysis
  • Literature review
  • Criminology
  • Criminal justice
  • Trademark infringement
  • Intellectual property