Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The most cited authors in Sociology

Inspired by this, I've decided to ask: Who is the most cited author in Sociology of all time? I'll give you a hint. It is not E. Durkheim, nor K. Marx. It is not P. Bourdieu either, although he is close to the top of the list.

This ranking is based on Google Scholar Citations page. Of course there are unregistered authors, what makes this ranking very inaccurate (although I believe the two first positions are correct).**

Anyway, the real purpose of this post is to encourage you to register at Google Scholar Citations. This is one of the best ways for academics to compute citation metrics and track them over time.

You only need a gmail account and Google does the rest for you. And anyone can register!

**A few authors missing from the ranking because they are not in Google Scholar Citations.
  • Anthony Giddens
  • Norbert Elias
  • Manuel Castells
  • David Harvey
  • Robert Castel
  • Saskia Sassen
  • Loic Wacquant
  • Ulrich Beck
  • Zygmunt Bauman
  • Jürgen Habermas
  • Bruno Latour
  • Mark Gottdiener
  • This could go on and on...