Six Essential Science Indicators highly-cited papers

Shameless selfpromotion ..., I know! But hey, academics don't get good news that often. Most of our feedback consists of critique and rejections, so we need something to boost our egos occasionally. I have been listed on ISI's Essential Science Indicators ranking of the 1% most highly cited authors in Economics & Business since 2007; in the last years, my position has crept up to being in the top 0.2%.

In addition to ranking the top 1% most highly cited authors and universities, ISI also determines highly-cited papers, which are papers that are in the top 1% of their field in terms of citations when compared to other papers published that year. Six of my papers were honoured in this way.

Update: 12 January 2017: Highly cited paper number 7 this week!

Highly-cited in Business & Management

Recently, I acquired my sixth highly cited paper, discussed in a blogpost with my other work on the bridging role  of international assignees in knowledge transfer in MNCs. Two of the other papers are also in the field of Economics & Business. The first one is discussed in Helene Tenzer's blogpost on multi-lingual teams on my website.The second one doesn't have its own blogpost yet, but is referenced in a blogpost on Nancy Adler's inspiring work.

  • Harzing, A.W.; Pudelko, M.; Reiche B.S. (2016) The bridging role of expatriates and inpatriates in knowledge transfer in multinational corporations, Human Resource Management, 55(4): 679–695. Available online… - Publisher’s version (free access!)
  • Adler, N.; Harzing, A.W. (2009) When Knowledge Wins: Transcending the sense and nonsense of academic rankings, The Academy of Management Learning & Education, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 72-95. Available online... [Winner of the 2009 AMLE Outstanding article of the year award]

Highly-cited in Library and Information Science

My four other highly-cited papers are all in the field of bibliometrics and thus do not "count" for my author ranking in Economics & Business. However, they deserve just as much of a mention. The first one presents an alternative to the much-maligned ISI journal impact factor, by using Google Scholar as a data source and a five year h-index for journals.

The second and third build on my early work with Google Scholar and are referenced in a blogpost, which also discusses the fourth highly-cited article comparing coverage in Google Scholar, Scopus and the Web of Science. This last paper is even a "hot paper", meaning that it was recognized very soon after publication, reflected by rapid and significant numbers of citations.


  • Harzing, A.W.; Wal, R. van der (2009) A Google Scholar h-index for journals: An alternative metric to measure journal impact in Economics & Business?, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, vol. 60, no. 1, pp 41-46. Available online... 
  • Harzing, A.W. (2013) A preliminary test of Google Scholar as a source for citation data: A longitudinal study of Nobel Prize winners, Scientometrics, vol. 93, no. 3, pp. 1057-1075. Available online...

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