Haslam N, Ban L, Kaufmann L, Loughnan S, Peters K, Whelan J, Wilson S. What makes an article influential? Predicting impact in social and personality psychology. Scientometrics 2008;76(1):169-185
Factors contributing to citation impact in social-personality psychology were examined in a bibliometric study of articles published in the field’s three major journals. Impact was operationalized as citations accrued over 10 years by 308 articles published in 1996, and predictors were assessed using multiple databases and trained coders. Multivariate analyses demonstrated several strong predictors of impact. Many other variables did not predict impact.