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Recent Changes in the Most-Cited Scholars in Criminal Justice Textbooks

NCJ Number
Journal of Criminal Justice Volume: 30 Issue: 3 Dated: May/June 2002 Pages: 183-195
Richard A. Wright
Date Published
May 2002
13 pages
This article reports the 31 most-cited scholars in 23 introductory criminal justice textbooks published from 1994 to 1998, along with the most-cited works of selected most-cited scholars.
These data were combined with findings from other studies to examine changes in citation patterns in criminal justice and criminology textbooks and in leading criminal justice journals. The comparisons showed much instability in citation patterns. Some of the changes in the citation patterns might be attributed to the publication of many new introductory criminal justice textbooks. Comparison of the most-cited works of the most-cited scholars in criminal justice and criminology textbooks, showed that the former were mostly policy-oriented while the latter were largely theoretical or typological. Discrepancies in the citation patterns between criminal justice and criminology textbooks suggest that scholars seldom achieved renown for both applied and theoretical/typological research. The article encourages citation workers to remain vigilant, and to periodically reanalyze important publications in criminology and criminal justice. Tables, notes, appendix, references


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