Mapping the Impact of Collaborative Research with David Plane

  • Beth MitchneckEmail author
Part of the New Frontiers in Regional Science: Asian Perspectives book series (NFRSASIPER, volume 40)


Citation counts have become a standard way of assessing the impact of a research paper. Plane and Mitchneck published two interdisciplinary and theoretically contextualized papers over 25 years ago. Plane’s formal retirement marks an appropriate time to assess the impact that the papers have had in the scholarly domain. After reviewing the critical literature about citation indices and discovering that a paper with a woman, Mitchneck, as lead author has less of a likelihood of high citation than if a man, Plane, had been lead author, Mitchneck begins to count the citations of the two papers in different sources. She then conducts a qualitative assessment of the impact of the papers by reading the majority of the citations within the text in which the citation is found with the goal of understanding how the papers impacted conversations on the research topics of net migration and employment and migration during times of political and economic shock. The qualitative assessment finds contributions to conversation around the world by an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars.


Migration Economic shocks Citation counts Interdisciplinary research 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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