While the question of what makes a journal impactful continues to draw scholarly attention and debate, the lack of conceptual foundation as to what journal impact represents, and how it manifests itself, has impeded efforts to establish a richer understanding. Drawing from the theory of innovation diffusion, we propose journal impact as a multidimensional concept manifested most prominently in the magnitude, prestige, breadth, dispersion, and duration dynamics of citations accruing to a journal. In doing so, we complement extant representations of journal impact as a unidimensional concept with insights into the pattern and profile of a journal impact across space and time. We illustrate the multidimensionality of journal impact as a diffusion process in a longitudinal analysis of citation patterns at the Journal of Management Studies over a 40-year period.

Additional Metadata
Keywords Citations, Diffusion, Journal impact, Multidimensional conceptualization
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1111/joms.12007, hdl.handle.net/1765/69008
Journal Journal of Management Studies
Simsek, Z, Heavey, C, & Jansen, J.J.P. (2013). Journal impact as a diffusion process: A conceptualization and the case of the journal of management studies. Journal of Management Studies, 50(8), 1374–1407. doi:10.1111/joms.12007