Top Ten Most Cited Spanish Social Scientists Announced

Mar 01, 2010, 17:41 ET from Lauder Institute

Six economists and four sociologists top ranking of the most influential Spanish social scientists

PHILADELPHIA, March 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies today announced the release of the first annual ranking of the most cited Spanish social scientists, which measures the impact of their research activities worldwide.

Six economists and four sociologists top the ranking according to data from the Institute for Scientific Information through the end of 2009 reveal (see attached table). The top-ranked social scientist is sociologist Manuel Castells, with three times as many citations to his research as the second-ranked sociologist and political scientist, Juan J. Linz. The third spot was claimed by economist Andreu Mas-Colell. Castells is likely to increase his lead in future years given that his research received twice as many citations during 2009 as the scholar with the second-highest citation count for that year, economist Manuel Arellano.

Castells's most impactful research focuses on urban social movements, the rise of the network society, and the role of cities in the information-driven global economy. Linz's research deals with the sociological aspects of political regimes, transition to democracy, and the advantages and disadvantages of presidential versus parliamentary democracy. Mas-Colell is a mathematical economist who has made major contributions to microeconomics and general equilibrium theory.

Barcelona-based universities and schools account for five of the top ten spots, with Universitat Pompeu Fabra boasting three of its faculty members among the top ten. Three of the top ten Spanish social scientists work at U.S. universities, and two others have appointments both in the U.S. and Spain. The four sociologists among the top ten hold appointments at U.S. universities.

The ranking of the top ten scholars was calculated using information on citations to the articles, books, and working papers published by social scientists, as reflected in the Institute for Scientific Information's Social Science, Science, and Humanities Citation Indexes, which track academic publishing in scientific journals around the world.

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The Ten Most Cited Spanish Social Scientists - Los Diez Cientificos Sociales Espanoles Más Citados

Name / Nombre

(Field / Campo)

Total Citations / Citas Totales 1945-2009

Citations During  / Citas Durante 2009

PhD Year / Ano de Docto-rado

Affiliation / Afiliacion

Major Awards & Distinctions / Principales Premios y Distinciones

1 - Manuel Castells

(Sociology / Sociologia)




Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

University of Southern California

Fellow, European Academy, and British Academy.

Guggenheim Fellow.

2 - Juan J. Linz

(Sociology & Political Science / Sociologia y Ciencia Politica




Yale University

Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and European Academy.

Premio Principe de Asturias.

3 - Andreu Mas-Colell

(Economics / Economia)




Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, European Academy, and Econometric Society.

Foreign Associate, National Academy of Sciences.

Guggenheim Fellow.

Premio Rey Juan Carlos I.

4 - Jordi Gali

(Economics / Economia)




Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Fellow, Econometric Society.

Premio Rey Jaime I.

5 - Vicente Navarro

(Sociology / Sociologia)




Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Johns Hopkins University

6 - Manuel Arellano

(Economics / Economia)




Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros (CEMFI)

Fellow, Econometric Society.

7 - Xavier Sala i Martin

(Economics / Economia)




Columbia University

Premio Rey Juan Carlos I.

Premio Fundacion Banco Herrero.

8 - Juan J. Dolado

(Economics / Economia)




Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Fellow, European Economic Association.

9 - Xavier Vives

(Economics / Economia)




IESE Business School

Fellow, Econometric Society.

Premio Rey Juan Carlos I.

10 - Mauro F. Guillen

(Sociology & Business / Sociologia y Ciencias Empresariales)




Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Guggenheim Fellow.

Premio Fundacion Banco Herrero.

Source: Institute for Scientific Information

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