CJ Ranks In Top 10 For Book Publishing

Sam Houston State University’s College of Criminal Justice and its faculty are among the most published book authors in the nation, according to a recently-published study completed by CJ professor Willard Oliver and three doctoral students.

“Book ‘Em Dano: The Scholarly Productivity of Institutions and Their Faculty in Criminal Justice Books,” published in the Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice (Vol. 6, No. 1), found that the College of Criminal Justice is ranked No. 6 overall, but moved to No. 4 when the weight of publishing was divided evenly among multiple authors and No. 3 when more weight was given to the first author, meaning CJ often takes the lead in multiple-author CJ books, Oliver said.

Additionally, five CJ faculty and alumni were listed within the top 30 most productive faculty, including Larry Gaines and Craig K Hemmens, tied for No. 4; Rolando Del Carmen, No. 9; and Oliver and Jeffrey Walker, tied for No. 13.

The study examined 586 publications in the field, written by 627 different authors from 305 academic institutions and 14 book publishers. The books ranged from student workbooks to textbooks to the publication of original research.

Publications were assessed first by a raw number count and then weighted in a number of ways.

The doctoral students who worked on the study included Sam Swindell; John Marks, Jr.; and Ken Balusek.

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