Where the “stars” are: The 25 most cited psychologists in Canada (1972–1976)

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[Correction Notice: An erratum for this article was reported in Vol 20(3) of Canadian Psychological Review (see record 2007-04327-001). Several corrections should be noted in this article. The corrections are as follows: 1) in Table 1, the subheadings “1975 1974 1973 1972” were improperly aligned with the columns, and Kimura's 1976 citation rank should have been 3 instead of 2; 2) in Table 2, the number 1 calling attention to footnote 1 was omitted from the title; 3) in Table 3, an additional heading “Citations” should have appeared over the columns “1975 1974 1973 1972” on the same line as “Publications;” 4) in Table 3, the probability levels should have read “*p < .05” and “**p < .01”; 5) on page 19, first paragraph left column, line 14, the number of psychologists should have read 4,070 instead of 4.070; and, 6) the volume and/or page numbers were omitted from the bibliographic entries for Endler's 1978 CPR article (Vol. 19, pages 152-157) and Endler et al's 1978 American Psychologist article (Vol. 33, pages 1064-1082). CPR also extends apologies to Professors Endler, Melzack and Tulving for typographical errors in the spelling of their names as follows: on the front cover, Professor Endler's middle initial should have been listed as S; on page 16, in the last paragraph, in the left hand column, Melzack's name was misspelled; on page 19, in the second paragraph in the right column, Tulving's name was misspelled.] The Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) for 1972-1976 was used as a data source for citation counts, which reflect scholarly impact, and publication counts reflecting productivity, for the 25 most cited psychologists (“stars”) for 1972-1976. These 25 “stars” are located primarily at Ontario Universities and McGill and received their graduate training primarily at McGill, Yale, Harvard or the big 10 mid-western universities. Their major research areas appear to be cognitive processes, memory and verbal learning, personality theory and assessment, social processes and physiological psychology. Most of them are in their 40s or 50s, five of them are past presidents of CPA, three of them are currently departmental chairmen, and two are former departmental chairmen. Despite the limitations of the SSCI citation count, it appears to be the best single indicator of research quality and scholarly impact on the field of academic psychology. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)

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