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WVU College of Law Librarians win scholarship award

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Two librarians at the West Virginia University College of Law have been honored by the American Association of Law Libraries.

WVU Law Caroline Osborne and Stephanie Miller

Caroline Osborne and Stephanie Miller recently won the Outstanding Article Award from the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section of the AALL for their analysis of citation metrics.

Their article, “The Scholarly Impact Matrix: An Empirical Study of How Multiple Metrics Create an Informed Story of a Scholar's Work," was published in volume 39 of Legal Reference Service Quarterly.

The paper is based on citation data for 282 scholars from 57 U.S. law schools collected in in early 2019. The dataset also captures individual characteristics of the scholar such years in legal education, gender identity, and discipline in order to measure whether any of these characteristics impact either exposure or citation.

Ultimately, using the completed dataset, Osborne and Miller establish that the greater a scholar’s exposure via institutional repositories and SSRN or building profiles using services like Google Scholar and HeinOnline, the greater likelihood of citation.

Osborne is an associate professor of law and the director of the George R. Farmer, Jr. Law Library at WVU. Miller is the head of Outreach, Attorney Services and Digital Initiatives in the law library.



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