UTAR research papers highly cited


Congratulations: (From left) Lee, Hew and Leong advise young researchers to be persistent.

RESEARCH papers by three academics from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) have been declared as highly cited.

Produced by Faculty of Business and Finance academics Assoc Prof Dr Lee Voon Hsien, Dr Leong Lai Ying and Hew Jun Jie, the research papers were also awarded the “hot papers” title by Clarivate Analytics.

The paper titled “Time to seize the digital evolution: Adoption of blockchain in operations and supply chain management among Malaysian SMEs” won both the Hot Paper and Highly Cited Paper awards.

Published in the International Journal of Information Management, the paper was cited 14 times according to the Web of Science database, UTAR said in a press release.

Meanwhile, their research paper titled “Mobile social tourism shopping: A dual-stage analysis of a multi-mediation model” won the Highly Cited Paper award.

The paper received 39 citations, UTAR said, placing it in the top 1% in the field of social sciences.

Both research papers were co-authored with UCSI University academics Dr Garry Tan Wei Han and Prof Ooi Keng Boon, and Xiamen University Malaysia academic Dr Wong Lai Wan.

The trio from UTAR said the recognition reflects their contribution to the academic world.

“Both awards are significant as they suggest that our papers were able to garner high numbers of citations right after publication and were performing well in terms of the number of citations received compared to other papers published in the same field.

“Hot Papers are papers published in the last two years that received citations soon after publication, whereas Highly Cited Papers are papers that have received enough citations to place them in the top 1% when compared to other papers published in the same field and in the same year, ” they explained.

The awards also show that their research has gained a considerable level of recognition among fellow researchers, they added.

Advising young researchers not to give up on their pursuit of publishing papers, the trio said being persistent is key.

They said selecting topics that are of interest to scholars and industry players is important as it develops greater contribution between the industry and academic fields.

“Getting a paper published tends to be time-consuming and rejections are part and parcel of the process.

“Sometimes, a paper is accepted after a few rounds of revision which take up to several months, but sometimes a paper could get desk-rejected for a few times at different journals before you can find a right ‘home’ for it.

“In good times, stay cheerful knowing that you are working towards your goal of becoming a recognised researcher and in bad times, remember why you started this journey and use it as the fuel to keep you going.”

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