New Data on the Publishing Productivity of American Sociologists

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data
  • Wilder, Esther Isabelle (Lehman College, The City University of New York)
  • Walters, William H. (Manhattan College)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • None.
Free Keywords
articles; books; faculty; institution type; productivity; sociology
  • Abstract

    This data file, compiled from multiple online sources, presents 2013–2017 publication counts—articles, articles in high-impact journals, books, and books from high-impact publishers—for 2,132 professors and associate professors in 426 U.S. departments of sociology. It also includes information on institutional characteristics (e.g., institution type, highest sociology degree offered, department size) and individual characteristics (e.g., academic rank, gender, PhD year, PhD institution).

    The data may be useful for investigations of scholarly productivity, the correlates of scholarly productivity, and the contributions of particular individuals and institutions.

    Complete population data are presented for the top 26 doctoral programs, doctoral institutions other than R1 universities, the top liberal arts colleges, and other bachelor's institutions. Sample data are presented for Carnegie R1 universities (other than the top 26) and master's institutions.

    All the data were compiled from publicly available sources, and the data collection process did not involve interaction with human subjects.
  • Weighting

    The data file does not include weights. However, it is necessary to apply case weights when estimating population values, since the file provides sample rather than population data for two of the six institution types. Weights of 2.1198 for the R1 group, 3.7574 for the M group, and 1.0 for the other four groups will result in unbiased estimates for the population (all institution types combined). To construct a sample that is representative of the entire population without inflating the sample size—when undertaking significance tests, for instance—use case weights of 1.2201 for R1, 2.1628 for M, and 0.5756 for all other cases.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2013-01-01 / 2017-12-31
    Time Period: Tue Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2013--Sun Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2017
  • 2018-01-01 / 2018-08-31
    Collection Date(s): Mon Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2018--Fri Aug 31 00:00:00 EDT 2018
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Full and associate professors of sociology at four-year public and private nonprofit colleges and universities in the United States.
Complete population data are presented for universities with top-26 doctoral programs in sociology, doctoral institutions other than Carnegie R1 universities, top-50 liberal arts colleges, and other bachelor's institutions.  The data for Carnegie R1 universities (other than the top 26) and master's institutions include roughly 47% and 27% of the corresponding populations.
Collection Mode
  • other;

  • Is cited by
    DOI: 10.1177/0731121419874079 (Text)
  • Wilder, Esther Isabelle, and William H. Walters. “Publishing Productivity of Sociologists at American Colleges and Universities: Institution Type, Gender, and Other Correlates of Book and Article Counts.” Sociological Perspectives 63, no. 2 (April 2020): 249–75.
    • ID: 10.1177/0731121419874079 (DOI)
  • Wilder, Esther Isabelle, and William Walters. “Characteristics of the Most Productive U.S. Sociology Faculty and Departments: Institution Type, Gender, and Journal Concentration.” Sociological Quarterly, in press.

Update Metadata: 2020-06-12 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2020-06-12