(2011.07.20) Philosophy Citation Toy
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Philosophy Article Citation Toy

This spreadsheet collects most of the articles published in philosophy journals and cited greater than 100 times. I drew the names of journals primarily from the ERIH lists for Philosophy and for Philosophy of Science, while supplementing them with titles from Brian Weatherson's list. (I am aware of the criticisms of both ranking systems, but my goal was not to comparatively rate journals, but only to collect highly cited articles.) I used the Publish or Perish tool to collect the citation data from Google Scholar and to export that data to Excel format. I gathered the data in the week that preceeded July 20th, 2011. I converted the spreadsheet to Google Spreadsheet formats on December 15th, 2011, and I published it on the same day. A blog post by Thom Brooks inspired this project.
ERIH Lists
Weatherson's List
Publish Or Perish
Goole Scholar
Thom Brooks's blog post
Proof-of-Concept and Future Goals:

The spreadsheet is a proof-of-concept project. The concept is to create an interactive database that allows researchers to sort data about articles according to different criteria and bibliometric parameters. In this spreadsheet, the criteria are year of publication, author, article title, and journal title. The lone bibliometric paramter is number of times cited.

A goal is to build upon the proof-of-concept provided here and to design and implement an online open-access tool with which researchers could select and fine-tune criteria and manipulate bibliometric parameters to investigate citation trends. For instance, for this project, I included only articles cited greater than 100 times. A more robust database would allow researchers to select a top percentage of articles cited, or the articles with different citation rates, or number of times cited or citation rates within a set interval. For instance, it would allow researchers to find the top 1 percent of articles by times cited, or the top 5 percent of articles by citation rate for a journal like
Philosophical Psychology, which currently lacks an article cited greater than 100 times.

Furthermore, a more robust tool would allow easy access to the articles it culls. It would also not be limited to the
static results that this spreadsheet describes. Finally, it would also include data from books.

This spreadsheet has 6 worksheets, clickable by the tabs below. The first collects those articles cited greater than 100 times and published in general philosophy journals. The other worksheets collect similar data from journals more specific to subdisciplines of philosophy. The Linguistics worksheet collects data for the journal for Linguistics and Philosophy, which I was unsure how best to place in any of the other worksheets, so I placed it in a unique worksheet. For the worksheets, each column represents a search criteria or parameter, while each row represents an article.

The default order I imposed on the data is chronological: most recent to oldest, which you see by scrolling from a worksheet's top to its bottom. To change the order, download a copy of the document and open it in a spreadsheet program. You cannot change the order in my online spreadsheet because, for Google spreadsheets, you have to "own" the spreadsheet to sort its columns, and you don't own my spreadsheet. If you open the downloaded file in a your own Google spreadsheet, highlight a column and select one of the Sort options, which are ascending or descending. Order preserves across more than one sort, so if you first sort by year, and then by journal title, the articles within the set for each journal will still have chronological order. If you open the file in Excel, follow the directions linked below to sort columns but preserve rows.
Sorting in Excel 2007/2010
Final Notes:

This spreadsheet is currently a nifty toy, and little more. It is not a foolproof tool to uncover quality philosophy, but only a tool to find and organize articles that have garnered a lot of attention. Its resuts are also obsolete, as citation data changes quickly, and many articles will have met the 100 time cited criterion for inclusion since I searched them. Also, the search techniques I used sometimes miss articles that meet the search criteria. I tried to minimize those misses, but I am sure some escaped my notice. For this project, I could not include all possible journals, and I am sorry if I forgot your favorite journal with many articles with greater than 100 time cited. Please remember that this is a proof-of-concept project.

The future goals that build on this project I cannot immediately tackle, as the design and writing of my dissertation, as well as the prodding looks of my dissertation advisors and research director, loom too ominously. That said, I am happy to answer questions. You can reach me with the information hyperlinked below.
Author: Steve Elliott
Phil Sci
Value Theory