Is the readability of abstracts decreasing in management research?

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Date: May 2022
From: Review of Managerial Science(Vol. 16, Issue 4)
Publisher: Springer
Document Type: Report; Brief article
Length: 196 words

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Keywords: Readability; Management research; Replication Abstract The readability of scientific texts is critical for the successful distribution of research findings. I replicate a recent study which found that the abstracts of scientific articles in the life sciences became less readable over time. Specifically, I sample 28,345 abstracts from 17 of the leading journals in the field of management and organization over 3 decades, and study two established indicators of readability over time, namely the Flesch Reading Ease and the New Dale--Chall Readability Formula. I find a modest trend towards less readable abstracts, which leads to an increase in articles that are extremely hard to read from 12% in the first decade of the sample to 16% in the final decade of the sample. I further find that an increasing number of authors partially explains this trend, as do the use of scientific jargon and corresponding author affiliations with institutions in English-speaking countries. I discuss implications for authors, reviewers, and editors in the field of management. Author Affiliation: (1) TU Dortmund University, Dortmund, Germany (2) ESCP Business School, Paris, France (a) lorenz.graf-vlachy@tu-dortmund.de Article History: Registration Date: 04/20/2021 Received Date: 11/13/2020 Accepted Date: 04/20/2021 Online Date: 05/31/2021 Byline:

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A702342473