Cotropia & Petherbridge: The Dominance of Teams in the Production of Legal Knowledge

Professor Christopher A. Cotropia of University of Richmond School of Law and Professor Dr. Lee Petherbridge of Loyola Law School of Los Angeles have posted a working paper entitled The Dominance of Teams in the Production of Legal Knowledge, on SSRN.

Here is the abstract:

Using a database that contains over 19,000 law review articles published in top 100 law reviews between 1990 and 2010, we demonstrate that team authors dominate solo authors in the production of legal knowledge. Team research is on average more frequently cited than individual research, and teams are more likely than individuals to produce exceptionally high impact research. These results suggest that a legal research culture that encourages cooperativity and collaboration could foster an intellectual connectedness helpful to improving the quality of knowledge production by legal academics.

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