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Scientometrics

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 3-10

The Ortega hypothesis and influential articles in American sociology

  • M. OromanerAffiliated withHudson County Community College

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Abstract

InThe Revolt of the Masses, JoseOrtega y Gasset suggests that the work of average or mediocre researchers plays a role in the advancement of science. In order to examine the “Ortega hypothesis” in sociology, lifework citations to scholars referred to in 5 of the most highly cited contemporary sociological articles are examined. The findings do not support the hypothesis. That is, few average scholars received citations to their work in these influential articles. This finding is consistent with similar analyses for physics and criminology.