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The Social Science Citation Index: A Black Box—with an Ideological Bias?

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  • Daniel B. Klein
  • Eric Chiang
Keywords Social Science Citation Index, citation count, bias, ideological orientation
Volume Number 1
Issue Number 1
Pages 134-165
File URL The Social Science Citation Index: A Black Box—with an Ideological Bias?
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Publication year 2004

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  1. After a Google keyword search of “Commentary Magazine” and “Social Science Citation Index,” I found this article and was introduced to EJW. The bias Klein and Chiang illuminate, exists not only in the slant of the SSCI journals which make and break careers, but also the themes and questions addressed at major conferences and their panels. (Just take a look at the CfP for next year’s APSA annual.) Now finishing up a PhD and finding the same problem on the job market, the research backgrounds often asked for (my area is IR/ IPE) also come from left field. Rather than become disheartened, this state of affairs increases my resolve to follow and intelligently express my conservative convictions in the face of single minded institutionalized opposition. I love a good fight and know the truth will prevail. I’d rather be right than loved, although it would be nice to be both.

    posted 01 Nov 2011 by Alex Littlefield

  2. Hoover Institution publication Policy Review just printed its last issue this month (2/2013). That’s one less conservative SSCI journal cited in the Klein and Chiang article. Will any of the remaining conservative academic journals (such as ANAMNESIS, Academic Questions, First Things or Modern Age) ever obtain SSCI?

    posted 11 Feb 2013 by Alex Littlefield

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