The Golden Age? What the 100 Most Cited Articles in Terrorism Studies Tell Us

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Silke, A. and Schmidt-Petersen, Jennifer 2015. The Golden Age? What the 100 Most Cited Articles in Terrorism Studies Tell Us. Terrorism and Political Violence.
AuthorsSilke, A. and Schmidt-Petersen, Jennifer
Abstract

ln a context where widespread failings in the nature of terrorism research are well
recognised - yet where the quantity of work is still enormous - is it possible to fairly
assess whether the field is progressing or if it has become mired in mediocre
research? Citation analysis is widely used to reveal the evolution and extent of
progress in fields of study and to provide valuable insight into major trends and
achievements. This study identifies and analyses the current 100 most cited journal
articles in terrorism studies. A search was performed using Google Scholar for peer reviewed
journal articles on subjects related to terrorism and counter-terrorism. The
most cited papers were published across 62 journals which reflected the
interdisciplinary nature of terrorism studies. Compared to other articles, the most
cited papers were more likely to be the result of colloborative research and were also
more likely to provide new data. 63 of the top 1-00 articles have been published since
2001. The findings are discussed in relation to the evolution of terrorism research and
current debates on progress in the field.

JournalTerrorism and Political Violence
ISSN1556-1836
0954-6553
Year2015
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09546553.2015.1064397
Publication dates
Print24 Aug 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited08 Sep 2015
Accepted24 Aug 2015
Copyright informationThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Terrorism and Political Violence on 24.08.15, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09546553.2015.1064397.
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