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Editorial: beyond publish or perish: the importance of citations and how to get them

Steve Baron (University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK)
Rebekah Russell-Bennett (Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia)

Journal of Services Marketing

ISSN: 0887-6045

Article publication date: 9 May 2016



The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the importance of citations as a success metric and provide practical tips for increasing citations.


The authors build on previous commentators to provide evidence for citations.


The purpose of academia is not to merely publish. It is to contribute to the body of knowledge. This means shifting focus from publishing as an end goal to publishing as a means to an end.


The editorial reminds scholars of their duty to science and the need to take individual responsibility for the spread of knowledge. The generation of citations is not a difficult process as illustrated by the practical tips offered.



Baron, S. and Russell-Bennett, R. (2016), "Editorial: beyond publish or perish: the importance of citations and how to get them", Journal of Services Marketing, Vol. 30 No. 3, pp. 257-260.



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