Hot Papers in Social Sciences 2006-08

September 25, 2008

Data provided by Thomson Reuters from its Essential Science Indicators database, 1 January 1998 - 30 June 2008

Hot Papers in Social Sciences 2006-08
RankPaper Author(s), JournalCitations
1 Social isolation in America: Changes in core discussion networks over two decades. M. McPherson, L. Smith-Lovin and M. E. Brashears. American Sociological Review 71(3): 353-375, June 200630
2. How many interviews are enough%3F An experiment with data saturation and viability. G. Guest, A. Bunce and L. Johnson. Field Methods 18(1): 59-82, February 200628
3Matching as nonparametric preprocessing for reducing model dependence in parametric causal inference. D. E. Ho, K. Imai, G. King and E. A. Stuart. Political Analysis 15(3): 199-236, Summer 200712
4E Pluribus Unum: Diversity and community in the 21st century. R. D. Putnam. Scandinavian Political Studies 30(2): 137-174, 20079
5Governing terrorism through risks: Taking precautions, (un)knowing the futureC. Aradau and R. Van Munster. European Journal of International Relations 13(1): 89-115, March 20078

The data above were extracted from Thomson Reuters's Essential Science Indicators database. This database, currently covering the period January 1998 through June 2008, surveys only journal articles (original research reports and review articles) indexed by Thomson Reuters. Articles are assigned to a category based on the journals in which they were published and Thomson Reuters' journal-to-category field definition scheme. Both articles tabulated and citation counts to those articles are for the period indicated. Hot Papers are limited to those articles published in the past two years. A paper is selected as a hot paper if it meets a citation frequency threshold determined for its field and bi-monthly group. Citation frequency distributions are compiled for each field and cohort. Thresholds are set by finding the closest citation count that would select the top fraction of papers in each field and period. The fraction is set to retrieve about 0.1% of papers. In this list of hot papers in social sciences, articles in health economics and law journals were excluded (these fields will be profiled at a later time). For more information on Thomson Reuters' Essential Science Indicators, see

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