This is an interesting article in the journal Evolutionary Psychology.
Hot Topics and Popular Papers in Evolutionary Psychology: Analyses of Title Words and Citation Counts in Evolution and Human Behavior, 1979 – 2008 researches the citation of articles in the journal and reviews predictors of citations. The interesting feature that is getting some attention on the blogs is that the length of an article’s reference list is directly correlated with increased citation.
Now this poses some interesting challenges for journal publishers. editors and authors. Do we/should we set out to encourage longer reference lists? Or does this do a disservice to the reader? And what will Thomson ISI do if journals all systematically increase the number of references they publish?