Predictors of article impact in suicidology: The bereavement literature, a research note

Karl Andriessen, Karolina Krysinska, Steven Stack

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Citation analysis has been neglected in suicidology. The present note applies a mixed-methods approach to both test and suggest hypotheses for the variation in article impact in the bereavement literature. One hundred three articles from three core suicidology journals met the criteria for inclusion in the investigation. Citations to the articles were obtained from the Web of Science. Predictor variables included structural characteristics of the author (e.g., gender) and the article itself (e.g., years since publication). A multivariate regression analysis determined that, controlling for the other variables, the most important predictor of citations was the review article (β =.461), followed by year of publication (β = -.414), the multiauthored article (β =.302), publication in Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior (SLTB) (β =.161), and male gender (β =.156). The 12 most cited articles were published between 1979 and 2004 in SLTB. The majority of these papers was written by males, were U.S. authors, and had more than one author. Four of the most cited articles were reviews. The study concludes that structural characteristics of articles and authors explained 41% of the variance in citations. The qualitative analysis determined that review papers, and papers on characteristics of suicide bereavement and psychological autopsies have been most frequently cited. Replication studies are needed for other subfields of suicidology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-24
Number of pages7
JournalSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015
Externally publishedYes

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