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articles that appear in WOS journals only are: first, we do

nd promotion decisions, and for research grants, reflects a desire for objectively verifi-

able and independent measures to support decisions critical to a faculty member’s career

progression. Additionally, author-specific measures aid an individual faculty member in

gauging his relative standing, performance, and progress with respect to his professional


The purpose of our study is to identify the most influential authors who published in

the JRI from 1989 to 2010. We use author productivity to gauge author influence, and

define author productivity according to publication and citation counts. Our produc-

tivity measures are in relation to other authors who published in the JRI. We are the

first to examine citations to JRI articles at the author level rather than the journal level.

In addition, our citation analysis covers a longer time period than any existing study

of citations to JRI articles. We do not include self-citations in our study because such

citations typically are not counted when comparing scholars based on citations. We see

this as a logical extension of prior work that has focused on citations at the journal

level (Colquitt et al., 2009) or focused on JRI publication counts, but not citations at the

author level (Weiss and Qiu, 2008). In contrast to other citation studies related to risk

and insurance (discussed more below), our study is comprehensive in the sense that all

citations appearing in WOS-listed journals are included, and these are the journals that

are used to calculate the impact factors officially recognized by WOS-listed journals.2

Further, our citation analysis is more consistent with the calculation of journal impact

factors than other citation analysis studies of insurance journals because we count cita-

tions related to articles published in our sample period rather than citations appearing

in journals in a particular sample period.3 The latter approach results in citation counts

related to an undefined publication period, which is probably why WOS journal im-

pact factors follow the former approach. Two other important advantages of counting

citations to JRI articles that appear in WOS journals only are: first, we do not have to

choose which among the large number of non-WOS journals to include for purposes of

counting citations to JRI articles; and second, as presence in the WOS controls for journal

quality to some extent, int

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