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Determinants of Citations to Articles in Elite Law Reviews

Ian Ayres and Fredrick E. Vars
The Journal of Legal Studies
Vol. 29, No. S1 (January 2000), pp. 427-450
DOI: 10.1086/468081
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/468081
Page Count: 24
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Abstract This article analyzes the determinants of citations to pieces published from 1980 to 1995 in Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review, and The Yale Law Journal. We also rank articles by number of citations using regressions controlling for time since publication, journal, and subject area. To summarize a few of our results: citations per year peak at 4 years after publication, and an article receives half of its expected total lifetime citations after 4.6 years; appearing first in an issue is a significant advantage; international law articles receive fewer citations; jurisprudence articles are cited more often; articles by young, female, or minority authors are more heavily cited. Articles with shorter titles, fewer footnotes per page, and without equations have significantly more citations than other articles. Total citations generally increase with an article's length, but citations per published page peak at 53 pages.

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