Peter McMahan

Peter McMahan is an assistant professor of sociology at McGill University. His research centers on how communication informs and reinforces hierarchy and authority in varied social settings. He specializes in statistical modelling and computational methodologies, with particular focus on network analysis and emerging methods for social inference on large, unstructured data sets.

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Does Research Being in a Review Article Cannibalize Your Citations?

Review papers play a significant role in curating the scholarly record. Drawing on a study of close to six million research articles, Peter McMahan, shows how review papers not only focus and shift attention onto particular papers, but also serve to shape entire research domains by linking them together and outlining core concepts. As such, the constitutive role of review papers and those who write them warrant further attention.

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