The American Sociologist

, Volume 35, Issue 4, pp 58–78

The mouse that roared? Article publishing in undergraduate sociology programs

  • Douglas Eckberg
  • Jonathan Marx

DOI: 10.1007/s12108-004-1024-3

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Eckberg, D. & Marx, J. Am Soc (2004) 35: 58. doi:10.1007/s12108-004-1024-3


This paper explores article production by the entire population of US undergraduate sociology departments. The available literature suggests that undergraduate programs publish little, that this is concentrated among relatively few—mainly liberal arts—departments, and that publication rates are increasing. We argue There are reasons to expect that social/economic presence, reward policies, student quality, and faculty quality, size, and workload will affect productivity. Tracing publication of articles across the 1990s, few undergraduate departments are represented in 30 journals deemed important on the bases of reputation and citation rates. Liberal arts schools do not predominate. Ceteris paribus, public schools outpublished private schools. Publication rates have not increased. Social/economic presence, and student and faculty quality affect publishing, but salary, tenure structure, and workload do not. Finally, faculty size suppresses per capita publication.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Douglas Eckberg
    • 1
  • Jonathan Marx
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyWinthrop UniversityRock HillUSA
  2. 2.Winthrop UniversityRock HillUSA

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