Sunday, January 02, 2011

Equality: the ticket to greater citations?

'Tis the season for navel-gazing over the winter holidays . . .  Readers may be aware of the programme Publish or Perish which permits you to run citation searches for authors, journals, etc. I thought I would take a brief look to see which articles were the most cited from Ethics. What I found was the following:

1. GA Cohen, "On the currency of egalitarian justice" (published 1989) - 944 citations
2. A Baier, "Trust and antitrust" (1986) - 927
3. IM Young, "Polity and group difference" (1989) - 876
4. W Kymlicka & W Norman, "Return of the citizen" (1994) - 628
5. ES Anderson, "What is the point of equality?" (1999) - 622
6. J Waldron, "Superseding historic justice" (1992) - 426
7. DF Aberle, et al, "The functional prerequisites of a society" (1950) - 249
8. AE Buchanan, "Assessing the communitarian critique" (1989) - 248
9. W Kymlicka, "Liberal individualism and liberal neutrality" (1989) - 245
10. SL Darwall, "Two kinds of respect" (1977) - 222
11. WA Galston, "Two concepts of liberalism" (1995) - 212
12. H Frankfurt, "Equality as a moral ideal" (1987) - 211
13. RE Barnett, "Restitution" (1977) - 195
13. RE Goodin, "What is so special about our fellow countrymen?" (1988) - 195

Looking at this (and also for other journals, such as Philosophy and Public Affairs), many of the top cited articles appear to directly or indirectly address the topic of equality. Readers interested in increasing their citations may consider changing their planned future projects accordingly . . . . .

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I thought the Return of the Citizen essay was co-authored by Kymlicka and Wayne Norman.

--J.P.

The Brooks Blog said...

Quite right: it wasn't clear when I typed this up from the programme. Corrected now: many thanks!

Aaron Lercher said...

A somewhat different count can be made using the Web of Knowledge database. This counts only citations in journal articles published in journals in that database. It's less clear what is counted using Google and Publish or Perish, although clearly it counts many more things.

-Aaron Lercher

Most-cited papers in Ethics, 1950-2010 (Web of Knowledge search, 1/5/11)



Record 1 of 15
COHEN, GA. 1989. ON THE CURRENCY OF EGALITARIAN JUSTICE. ETHICS 99 (4): 906-944..

Times Cited: 274
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Record 2 of 15
BAIER, A. 1986. TRUST AND ANTITRUST. ETHICS 96 (2): 231-260..

Times Cited: 232
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Record 3 of 15
Anderson, ES. 1999. What is the point of equality?. ETHICS 109 (2): 287-337..

Times Cited: 167
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Record 4 of 15
YOUNG, IM. 1989. POLITY AND GROUP DIFFERENCE - A CRITIQUE OF THE IDEAL OF UNIVERSAL CITIZENSHIP. ETHICS 99 (2): 250-274..

Times Cited: 156
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Record 5 of 15
KYMLICKA, W; NORMAN, W. 1994. RETURN OF THE CITIZEN - A SURVEY OF RECENT WORK ON CITIZENSHIP THEORY. ETHICS 104 (2): 352-381..

Times Cited: 118
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Record 6 of 15
DARWALL, SL. 1977. 2 KINDS OF RESPECT. ETHICS 88 (1): 36-49..

Times Cited: 84
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Record 7 of 15
POGGE, TW. 1992. COSMOPOLITANISM AND SOVEREIGNTY. ETHICS 103 (1): 48-75..

Times Cited: 81
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Record 8 of 15
GALSTON, WA. 1995. 2 CONCEPTS OF LIBERALISM. ETHICS 105 (3): 516-534..

Times Cited: 72
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Record 9 of 15
WALDRON, J. 1992. SUPERSEDING HISTORIC INJUSTICE. ETHICS 103 (1): 4-28..

Times Cited: 70
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Record 10 of 15
MACEDO, S. 1995. LIBERAL CIVIC EDUCATION AND RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISM - THE CASE OF GOD V RAWLS,JOHN. ETHICS 105 (3): 468-496..

Times Cited: 67
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Record 11 of 15
OKIN, SM. 1989. REASON AND FEELING IN THINKING ABOUT JUSTICE. ETHICS 99 (2): 229-249..

Times Cited: 66
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Record 12 of 15
Hardin, R. 1996. Trustworthiness. ETHICS 107 (1): 26-42..

Times Cited: 64
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Record 13 of 15
MCFALL, L. 1987. INTEGRITY. ETHICS 98 (1): 5-20..

Times Cited: 61
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Record 14 of 15
GOODIN, RE. 1988. WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT OUR FELLOW COUNTRYMEN. ETHICS 98 (4): 663-686..

Times Cited: 55
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Record 15 of 15
BLUM, LA. 1988. GILLIGAN AND KOHLBERG - IMPLICATIONS FOR MORAL THEORY. ETHICS 98 (3): 472-491..

Times Cited: 55
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Aaron Lercher said...

Most-cited papers in Philosophy & Public Affairs, 1971-2010 (Web of Knowledge search 1/5/11)



Record 1 of 15
SEN, AK. 1977. RATIONAL FOOLS - CRITIQUE OF BEHAVIORAL FOUNDATIONS OF ECONOMIC-THEORY. PHILOSOPHY & PUBLIC AFFAIRS 6 (4): 317-344..

Times Cited: 520
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Record 2 of 15
DWORKIN, R. 1981. WHAT IS EQUALITY .2. EQUALITY OF RESOURCES. PHILOSOPHY & PUBLIC AFFAIRS 10 (4): 283-345..

Times Cited: 425
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Record 3 of 15
RAWLS, J. 1985. JUSTICE AS FAIRNESS - POLITICAL NOT METAPHYSICAL. PHILOSOPHY & PUBLIC AFFAIRS 14 (3): 223-251..

Times Cited: 369
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Record 4 of 15
THOMSON, JJ. 1971. DEFENSE OF ABORTION. PHILOSOPHY & PUBLIC AFFAIRS 1 (1): 47-66..

Times Cited: 314
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Record 5 of 15
DOYLE, MW. 1983. KANT, LIBERAL LEGACIES, AND FOREIGN-AFFAIRS .1.. PHILOSOPHY & PUBLIC AFFAIRS 12 (3): 205-235..

Times Cited: 272
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Record 6 of 15
DWORKIN, R. 1981. WHAT IS EQUALITY .1. EQUALITY OF WELFARE. PHILOSOPHY & PUBLIC AFFAIRS 10 (3): 185-246..

Times Cited: 261
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Record 7 of 15
SINGER, P. 1972. FAMINE, AFFLUENCE, AND MORALITY. PHILOSOPHY & PUBLIC AFFAIRS 1 (3): 229-243..

Times Cited: 206
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Record 8 of 15
ARROW, KJ. 1972. GIFTS AND EXCHANGES. PHILOSOPHY & PUBLIC AFFAIRS 1 (4): 343-362..

Times Cited: 183
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Record 9 of 15
FISS, OM. 1976. GROUPS AND EQUAL-PROTECTION CLAUSE. PHILOSOPHY & PUBLIC AFFAIRS 5 (2): 107-177..

Times Cited: 179
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Record 10 of 15
DOYLE, MW. 1983. KANT, LIBERAL LEGACIES, AND FOREIGN-AFFAIRS .2.. PHILOSOPHY & PUBLIC AFFAIRS 12 (4): 323-353..

Times Cited: 155
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Record 11 of 15
Daniels, N; Sabin, J. 1997. Limits to health care: Fair procedures, democratic deliberation, and the legitimacy problem for insurers. PHILOSOPHY & PUBLIC AFFAIRS 26 (4): 303-350..

Times Cited: 139
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Record 12 of 15
BOORSE, C. 1975. DISTINCTION BETWEEN DISEASE AND ILLNESS. PHILOSOPHY & PUBLIC AFFAIRS 5 (1): 49-68..

Times Cited: 139
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Record 13 of 15
GUTMANN, A. 1985. COMMUNITARIAN CRITICS OF LIBERALISM. PHILOSOPHY & PUBLIC AFFAIRS 14 (3): 308-322..

Times Cited: 122
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Record 14 of 15
SCANLON, T. 1972. THEORY OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION. PHILOSOPHY & PUBLIC AFFAIRS 1 (2): 204-226..

Times Cited: 119
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Record 15 of 15
RAWLS, J. 1988. THE PRIORITY OF RIGHT AND IDEAS OF THE GOOD. PHILOSOPHY & PUBLIC AFFAIRS 17 (4): 251-276..

Times Cited: 113