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NCJ Number: 156899 Find in a Library
Title: Most-Cited Scholars in Criminology: A Comparison of Textbooks and Journals
Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:23  Issue:4  Dated:(1995)  Pages:303-311
Author(s): R A Wright
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 9
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article lists the 47 most-cited scholars in 23 introductory criminology textbooks published between 1989 and 1993.
Abstract: The authors are then ranked by the frequency of citations in the textbooks and the resulting list is compared with similar lists of the 19 most-cited scholars in criminology textbooks published between 1976 and 1980, and with the 25 most-cited scholars in a study of leading criminology journals published between 1986 and 1990. The results show a higher level of agreement between the lists of most-cited scholars in the older and newer textbooks, than between the lists of most-cited scholars in the newer textbooks and the journals. The findings suggest that criminology textbook authors put more value on older research than do authors of journal articles, that textbook authors tend to avoid reporting the quantitative research that dominates the journals, and that the routine activities perspective and the career crime paradigm receive inadequate coverage in criminology textbooks. 3 tables, 6 notes, 17 references, and 1 appendix
Main Term(s): Criminal justice research
Index Term(s): Criminal justice education; Criminology overview texts
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