High-Impact Social Work Scholars: A Bibliometric Examination of SSWR and AASWSW Fellows

David Hodge, Kristen P. Kremer, Michael G. Vaughn

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    Objective: The purpose of this study was to identify and describe the bibliometric contributions of high-impact social work faculty. Methods: Toward this end, we used a sample comprising fellows (N = 143) affiliated with the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) and the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW). To quantify impact, we relied primarily upon the h-index (a measure of lifetime scholarly impact) and the m-index (which adjusts for career length). Results: Analyses revealed the mean h-index value for SSWR fellows (M = 26.44, SD = 14.72) was substantially lower than the mean for AASWSW fellows (M = 32.52, SD = 15.96), but minimal differences existed in m-index values. H- and m-index values for the 40 highest impact scholars ranged, respectively, from 33 to 93 and 1.13 to 3.33. Conclusions: The results indicate the social work profession includes many researchers who are making an exceptional scientific impact.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)751-761
    Number of pages11
    JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
    Issue number7
    StatePublished - Nov 1 2016


    • bibliometrics
    • high-impact scholars
    • scientific impact
    • social work scholarship

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • General Psychology


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