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. 29 (4), pp. 692-712.
AuthorsSilke, A. and Schmidt-Petersen, Jennifer
Abstract

In 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 articles were published across sixty-two journals, which reflected the interdisciplinary nature of terrorism studies. Compared to other articles, the most cited articles were more likely to be the result of collaborative research and were also more likely to provide new data. Sixty-three of the top 100 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
Journal citation29 (4), pp. 692-712
ISSN1556-1836
0954-6553
Year2015
PublisherTaylor & Francis
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Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09546553.2015.1064397
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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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