Who studies creativity and how do we know?

Ronald A. Beghetto, Jonathan A. Plucker, James G. Makinster

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Guilford's 1950 presidential address to the American Psychological Association helped spark the growth of creativity research in the 2nd half of the 20th century. This growth has been fueled by an influx of creativity researchers, a group of individuals about whom we know little. In this study, the first 32 volumes of the Journal of Creative Behavior were subjected to an author analysis to identify 1st-time authors per year, create a contribution distribution of its authors, identify a possible trend in 1-time authors, and identify highly productive authors. The results of this study suggest that the field of creativity is similar to other scientific fields in respect to its author contribution distribution. There is a positive trend in 1-time contributors, and prolific contributors to this journal are no longer active, at least as can be estimated from an analysis of authors 'contributions to the first 32 volumes of the Journal of Creative Behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-357
Number of pages7
JournalCreativity Research Journal
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)


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