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February 05, 2020


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Al Arbabi

It's even more narrow.

Hein completely ignores books in every way: it does not pick up any citations IN books (of journal articles or otherwise), or any citations OF books (by journal articles or otherwise).

I believe Hein citation counts also do not pick up any citations of or by non-law academic journals, nor even some legal publications (i.e., if they are not in Hein's database).

Mike Hoeflich

It has been my experience over the past forty years in law teaching that legal information companies who count citations significantly disadvantage interdisciplinary scholars who tend to follow the publication norms of their non-legal field of expertise. There is also a comparable problem for those who publish in foreign journals. I have heard the same complaint from other legal historians, particularly those (like me) who have joint appointments. The chair of the History Department wants books and refereed articles. The Dean of the law school wants articles in law reviews, most of which are not refereed. It is simply an unfortunate—and unfair— fact of life at many law schools.

Steve Diamond

The clear bias against peer review is palpable in this USNWR Hein cabal. It will further exacerbate the gap in academia between law schools and the wider university community. Please spend a few moment reading the file now available via Brian Leiter's site on USC tenure controversy to see the damage that is done by the failure of law schools to adopt a peer review structure.

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