Gender Disparity in Law Review Citation Rates
William & Mary Law Review, Vol. 59, No. 3, 2018
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2016-38
42 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2014 Last revised: 26 Mar 2018
Date Written: July 22, 2014
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
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