Gender Disparity in Law Review Citation Rates

42 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2014 Last revised: 26 Mar 2018

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Christopher Anthony Cotropia

University of Richmond - School of Law

Lee Petherbridge

Loyola Law School Los Angeles

Date Written: July 22, 2014

Abstract

Gender disparity in scholarly influence – measured in terms of differential citation to academic work – has been widely documented. The weight of the evidence is that, in many fields of academic inquiry, papers authored by women receive fewer citations than papers authored by men. To investigate whether a similar gender disparity in scholarly influence exists in legal studies we analyze the impact of gender on citation to articles published in top 100 law reviews between 1990 and 2010. We find evidence of gender disparity in citation rates, but in surprising contrast to observations made in other disciplines, we observe that articles authored by women receive significantly more citations than articles authored by men.

Keywords: citations, gender, scholarship, impact

Suggested Citation

Cotropia, Christopher Anthony and Petherbridge, Lee, Gender Disparity in Law Review Citation Rates (July 22, 2014). William & Mary Law Review, Vol. 59, No. 3, 2018; Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2016-38. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2469628 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2469628

Christopher Anthony Cotropia

University of Richmond - School of Law ( email )

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Richmond, VA 23173
United States

Lee Petherbridge (Contact Author)

Loyola Law School Los Angeles ( email )

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Los Angeles, CA 90015-1211
United States
213-736-8194 (Phone)
213-380-3769 (Fax)

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