© 2014

Most-Cited Scholars in Criminology and Criminal Justice, 1986-2010


  • Provides a comprehensive citation analysis for Criminology & Criminal Justice research performed by experts in the field

  • Examines widespread research trends to determine dominant paradigms and directions for future research


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Criminology book series (BRIEFSCRIMINOL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Ellen G. Cohn, David P. Farrington, Amaia Iratzoqui
    Pages 1-13
  3. Ellen G. Cohn, David P. Farrington, Amaia Iratzoqui
    Pages 15-25
  4. Ellen G. Cohn, David P. Farrington, Amaia Iratzoqui
    Pages 27-44
  5. Ellen G. Cohn, David P. Farrington, Amaia Iratzoqui
    Pages 45-68
  6. Ellen G. Cohn, David P. Farrington, Amaia Iratzoqui
    Pages 69-85
  7. Ellen G. Cohn, David P. Farrington, Amaia Iratzoqui
    Pages 87-92
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 93-113

About this book


​​ ​This brief examines the influence and prestige of scholars and works in the field of Criminology and Criminal Justice, as well as changes in influence and prestige over a period of 25 years, based on citation analysis. Methods of measuring scholarly influence can be highly controversial, but the authors of this work clearly outline their methodology, developed over years of experience working with this area of study. Through their expertise in Criminology and Criminal Justice, they are able to solve problems that affect or confound many traditional forms of citation analysis, such as irregularly cited references or self-citations. It includes 25 years of data (1986 through 2010) on the most-cited scholars and works in major American and international Criminology and Criminal Justice journals, and provides an objective measure of influence and prestige. Through an analysis of the data, the authors also document the intellectual development of criminology and criminal justice as a field of study since 1986. They highlight the development of research trends and indicate areas for future research. This book is designed for use by scholars and academics in the fields of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and the methodology will be of interest to researchers in related disciplines, including Sociology and Social Psychology. 


Cohn, Farrington, and Iratzoqui provide an invaluable  service  in unpacking the criminological enterprise.  Using systematic citational analysis, they illuminate the core patterns of scholarly influence that have shaped the field’s development.  This volume is an essential resource for all those wishing to understand which scholars and writings have done most—within and across time periods—to affect thinking about crime and justice.

Francis T. Cullen
Distinguished Research Professor
University of Cincinnati

Citation analyses have become one of the most significant measures of scholarly influence.  They are especially useful for revealing major trends over time regarding authors and the topics of interest to the wider field. Cohn, Farrington, and Iratzoqui's Most Cited Scholars in Criminology and Criminal Justice, 1986-2010 provides the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and longitudinal investigation of scholarly influence in criminology/criminal justice. This resource is a most interesting read, one that supplies not a mere counting of citations but clear ideas about where the field has been centered and where it is trending into the future.

Alex R. Piquero
Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology
University of Texas at Dallas


Citation Analysis Citation Indices Citation Research Methodology Criminology Research Future Directions Criminology Trends Most Cited Criminology Researchers

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Florida International UniversityMiamiUSA
  2. 2.University of Cambridge Institute of CriminologyCambridgeUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Florida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

About the authors

Ellen G. Cohn is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Affiliated Faculty in Women’s Studies at Florida International University. She is a past President and former Chair of the Board of Youth Crime Watch of America, and serves on the Board of Directors of Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers and the Miami-Dade Police Citizen Volunteer Program steering committee. She has published over 55 journal articles and book chapters, as well as two books and 30 monographs.

David P. Farrington, O.B.E., is Emeritus Professor of Psychological Criminology and Leverhulme Trust Emeritus Fellow at the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University. He has been selected to receive the Stockholm Prize in Criminology in 2013. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, of the Academy of Medical Sciences, of the British Psychological Society, of the American Society of Criminology, of the Association for Psychological Science, and of the International Society for Research on Aggression. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and an Honorary Life Member of the British Society of Criminology and of the British Psychological Society Division of Forensic Psychology.

Amaia Iratzoqui is a doctoral student in the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University. She holds a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters degree in Public administration from Florida International University. Her current research focuses on gender and rehabilitation programming and victimization as an ongoing risk factor for offending.

Bibliographic information