A1 Journal article (refereed)
Highly cited educational technology journal articles : a descriptive and critical analysis (2022)

Mertala, P., Moens, E., & Teräs, M. (2022). Highly cited educational technology journal articles : a descriptive and critical analysis. Learning, Media and Technology, Early online. https://doi.org/10.1080/17439884.2022.2141253

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Mertala, Pekka; Moens, Eleni; Teräs, Marko

Journal or series: Learning, Media and Technology

ISSN: 1743-9884

eISSN: 1743-9892

Publication year: 2022

Publication date: 31/10/2022

Volume: Early online

Publisher: Routledge

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17439884.2022.2141253

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/83791


Citations are valuable capital in the academy as the number of citations is the most frequently used indicator in evaluating the quality of papers, journals, researchers, and universities. Thus, the characteristics of highly cited articles (HCA) have become a common research topic but the approach has been mainly descriptive with no profound critical reflection of what kind of research is cited, where the research is from, where the research is published, and what do these things mean for edtech research. This paper contributes to this need by providing a descriptive and critical analysis of 200 highly cited articles from 10 edtech journals. To summarize the key findings, a ‘typical’ edtech HCA is a Western-based review article or quantitative research paper reporting positive findings from higher education, published in a high-impact factor general edtech journal by a major publisher.

Keywords: educational technology; science publishing; citation indexes; bibliometrics

Free keywords: citation; educational technology; qualitative; quantitative; review

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2022

Preliminary JUFO rating: 1

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