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Discussants

This study is the first to examine the role of discussants in academic knowledge production. Comparing articles of similar quality with and without discussants, we find that having a discussant increases a paper's probability of publication in prestigious journals, but not its citation count. Conditional on having a discussant, citation count and probability of publication in a prestigious journal increase in the discussants' prolificness. This supports the existence of a quality channel through which discussants improve the inherent quality of a paper. Conversely, we do not find evidence for the existence of a diffusion channel whereby papers garner more citations because discussants diffuse information about the paper within their social network.

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Michael E. Rose, Ph.D.,
Dr. Co-Pierre Georg (University of Cape Town),
Daniel C. Opolot, Ph.D. (University of Cape Town)

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