The Scholarly Impact Matrix: An Empirical Study of How Multiple Metrics Create an Informed Story of a Scholar's Work

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Caroline Osborne

West Virginia University College of Law

Stephanie Miller

West Virginia University College of Law

Date Written: April 22, 2020

Abstract

This article analyzes data collected in an empirical study of citation metrics. Between February 1, 2019 and April 30, 2019, the authors collected citation data from Google Scholar, HeinOnline, Westlaw, Lexis, SSRN, and Digital Commons repositories on randomly selected faculty members at U.S. law schools for the purpose of answering questions regarding fit and utility of citation metrics. Analysis of the citation data examines the impact of adoption of scholarly profiles, gender, and stage in the profession, and discipline, on exposure on citation with the conclusion that exposure results in increased citations.

Keywords: bibliometrics, scholarly communication, scholarly impact, scholar, author, law faculty, law schools, citation analysis, citation metrics, gender, stage in the profession, exposure, SSRN, Digital Commons, HeinOnline, Westlaw, Lexis Advance, Google Scholar

JEL Classification: K00, K1, K10

Suggested Citation

Osborne, Caroline and Miller, Stephanie, The Scholarly Impact Matrix: An Empirical Study of How Multiple Metrics Create an Informed Story of a Scholar's Work (April 22, 2020). WVU College of Law Research Paper No. 2020-006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3582607 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3582607

Caroline Osborne (Contact Author)

West Virginia University College of Law ( email )

PO Box 6025
Morgantown, WV 26506
United States

Stephanie Miller

West Virginia University College of Law ( email )

101 Law School Drive
Morgantown, WV West Virginia 26506
United States

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