Which journal articles have had the most impact on finance research? Which journals dominated finance research in the 1990s? We answer these and similar questions using a comprehensive sample of journals, an extensive time period, and a new ranking method that avoids problems inherent in the existing literature. Among our findings: six of the 10 articles most highly cited by finance journals were published in econometrics or economics journals; Journal of Finance has the most citations, but it accounts for only one of the top 10 articles; and Journal of Financial Economics has the highest impact per article.
Arnold, Tom, Alexander W. Butler, Timothy Falcon Crack, and Ayca Altintig. "Impact: What Influences Finance Research?*." The Journal of Business 76.2 (2003): 343-361.
University of Chicago Press