Santa Claus research: the ten most cited papers

Data provided by Thomson Reuters from its Web of Science database, 1900-2008

December 18, 2008

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Rank Paper Author(s), Journal Citations
1 Size of Santa Claus drawings as a function of time before and after Christmas R.A. Craddick Journal of Psychological Studies, 12(3): 121-125, 1961 26
2 Postmodern tourism: the Santa Claus industry M. Pretes Annals of Tourism Research, 22(1): 1-15, 1995 19
3 Imaginary figures of early childhood: Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, and Tooth Fairy N.M. Prentice, M. Manosevitz and L. Hubbs American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 48(4): 618-628, 1978 19
4 Children, gender, and social structure: an analysis of the contents of letters to Santa Claus J. G. Richardson and C. H. Simpson Child Development, 53(2): 429-436, 1982 15
5 A child’s Christmas in America: Santa Claus as deity, consumption as religion R. W. Belk Journal of American Culture, 10(1): 87-100, 1987 14
6 Letters to Santa Claus: elementary school-age children’s sex-typed toy preferences in a natural setting A. C. Downs Sex Roles, 9(2): 159-163, 1983 13
7 What is the meaning of Santa Claus? W. O. Hagstrom American Sociologist, 1(5): 248-252, 1966 8
8 Children’s belief in Santa Claus: developmental study of fantasy and causality N. M. Prentice, L. K. Schmechel and M. Manosevitz Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 18(4): 658-667, 1979 7
9 All I want for Christmas: an analysis of children’s brand requests to Santa Claus C. Otnes, Y. C. Kim and K. Kim Journal of Popular Culture, (4): 183-194, 1994 4
10 Children’s belief in Santa Claus, Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy J.%u2009R. Blair, J. S. McKee and L. F. Jernigan Psychological Reports, 46(3): 691-694, 1980 4

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