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Journal citation among heterodox economists 1995‐2007: dynamics of community emergence

Bruce Cronin ( Department of International Business and Economics, University of Greenwich, London, United Kingdom)

On the Horizon

ISSN: 1074-8121

Article publication date: 26 September 2008




This study aims to investigate the pattern among 17 heterodox economic journals over a prolonged period to provide evidence about the social dynamics among the group of researchers who publish in them and the extent to which they hold or develop a collective identity as heterodox economists.


Traditional approaches to citation analysis are extended by the use of techniques from social network analysis. In addition to citation counts, measures of network position and clique membership are used to identify key journals and turning points in a longitudinal analysis.


Important shifts in the nature of citation within the network of journals are identified in the 1998‐2001 period and evidence is found of the emergence of a collective identity.

Research limitations/implications

The methods prove a valuable extension of citation analysis and also focus greater consideration on the social relationships that citations represent. They are well suited to addressing the principal limitation of the study, its restriction to journals within the defined community rather than journals in general.


This extends traditional approaches to citation analysis, provides an important new technique in identifying emergent collective identities and provides insight into the history and nature of the heterodox economic community.



Cronin, B. (2008), "Journal citation among heterodox economists 1995‐2007: dynamics of community emergence", On the Horizon, Vol. 16 No. 4, pp. 226-240.



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