Citation inflation?

Via orgtheory, an interesting graph showing the evolution of the average number of references in the American Economic Review and the American Journal of Sociology since the 1950s:

If anyone has time to waste, it would be interesting to see the trend in political science journals; my guess is that it is somewhere between the two.

5 thoughts on “Citation inflation?

  1. I’d be curious about citations per page – AJS is known for its willingness to publish very lengthy pieces – it’s one of the few journals that do – while AER has probably increased the number of very short papers in the “papers and proceedings” section.

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