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What Does it Take for a Canadian Political Scientist to be Cited?


  • Éric Montpetit
  • André Blais
  • Martial Foucault


Objectives. The article examines the factors that influence the frequency whereby scholarly articles published by Canadian political scientists are cited. Method. We collected data on 1,860 journal articles published between 1985 and 2005 by 758 Canadian political scientists and listed in the Social Science Citation Index. Using these data, we performed OLS and tobit estimations to identify factors influencing citation frequency. Results. The regressions show that the reputation of the journal in which the article is published, though important, does not explain everything. The gender of the author(s), the number of authors, the geographical focus of the article, the field, and the methodology also matter. Conclusion. An article is more likely to be widely cited if it is published in a prestigious journal, if it is written by several authors, if it applies quantitative methods, if it compares countries, and if it deals with administration and public policy or elections and political parties. Faculty members who belong to larger departments and those who are women are more cited.

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  • Éric Montpetit & André Blais & Martial Foucault, 2008. "What Does it Take for a Canadian Political Scientist to be Cited?," Social Science Quarterly, Southwestern Social Science Association, vol. 89(3), pages 802-816, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:socsci:v:89:y:2008:i:3:p:802-816
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6237.2008.00561.x

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    1. Heidi Prozesky & Nelius Boshoff, 2012. "Bibliometrics as a tool for measuring gender-specific research performance: an example from South African invasion ecology," Scientometrics, Springer;Akadémiai Kiadó, vol. 90(2), pages 383-406, February.

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