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ERIC Number: ED150071
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 10
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Reference Count: 0
The Distribution of Productivity among Sociologists.
Hanson, David J.
The paper reports results of a study of the distribution of productivity among sociologists who publish. Previous research had indicated that a large percentage of sociologists do not publish very often. In this study, a random sample of 300 Ph.D. members of the American Sociological Association were queried about their publishing activities. The questionnaire limited the responses to publications, papers, and other means by which findings of the sociologists' dissertations had been disseminated. Tables of response data show that 54% of all the articles published were written by only 25% of the people in the survey. Thus, it is evident that a majority of the articles are written by a minority of the sociologists. Another analysis was performed to see whether the large number of recent Ph.D. recipients was inflating the percentage of those with few publications. The analysis excluded sociologists who had received their degrees after 1969. Again, a high percentage of articles was attributed to a small percentage of individuals. The conclusion is that there is a highly uneven distribution of productivity among Ph.D. sociologists in the United States. (Author/AV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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