Cumulative and Career-Stage Citation Impact of Social-Personality Psychology Programs and Their Members

Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 12, 2010

18 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2012

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Brian A. Nosek

University of Virginia

Jesse Graham

University of Southern California

Nicole Lindner

California State University, Long Beach

Selin Kesebir

London Business School

Carlee Beth Hawkins

University of Virginia

Cheryl Hahn

University of Virginia

Kathleen Schmidt

University of Virginia

Matt Motyl

University of Illinois at Chicago; University of Illinois at Chicago

Jennifer Joy-Gaba

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)

Rebecca S. Frazier

University of Virginia

Elizabeth R. Tenney

University of Virginia - Psychology

Date Written: August 20, 2009

Abstract

Number of citations and the h-index are popular metrics for indexing scientific impact. These, and other existing metrics, are strongly related to scientists’ seniority. This article introduces complementary indicators that are unrelated to the number of years since PhD. To illustrate cumulative and career-stage approaches for assessing the scientific impact across a discipline, citations for 611 scientists from 97 U.S. and Canadian social psychology programs are amassed and analyzed. Results provide benchmarks for evaluating impact across the career span in psychology and other disciplines with similar citation patterns. Career-stage indicators provide a very different perspective on individual and program impact than cumulative impact, and may predict emerging scientists and programs. Comparing social groups, Whites and men had higher impact than non-Whites and women, respectively. However, average differences in career stage accounted for most of the difference for both groups.

Keywords: citations, scientific impact, h-index, scientific awards, gender differences

Suggested Citation

Nosek, Brian A. and Graham, Jesse and Lindner, Nicole and Kesebir, Selin and Hawkins, Carlee Beth and Hahn, Cheryl and Schmidt, Kathleen and Motyl, Matt and Joy-Gaba, Jennifer and Frazier, Rebecca S. and Tenney, Elizabeth R., Cumulative and Career-Stage Citation Impact of Social-Personality Psychology Programs and Their Members (August 20, 2009). Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 12, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2170544

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Nicole Lindner

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Selin Kesebir

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Carlee Beth Hawkins

University of Virginia ( email )

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Cheryl Hahn

University of Virginia ( email )

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Kathleen Schmidt

University of Virginia ( email )

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Matt Motyl

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Jennifer Joy-Gaba

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Rebecca S. Frazier

University of Virginia ( email )

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Elizabeth R. Tenney

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