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Thursday, May 25, 2006

The Relative Value of American Law Reviews: Refinement and Implementation

Professor of Law Ronen Perry (University of Haifa)
has written a follow-up paper to his earlier
work, The Relative Value of American Law Reviews:
A Critical Appraisal of Ranking Methods, Virginia
Journal of Law and Technology, Vol. 11, 2006.
The new paper, entitled The Relative Value of American
Law Reviews:Refinement and Implementation, is
available on SSRN.

From the Abstract:
"This Essay complements a recently published article
in which I discussed the theoretical and methodological
aspects of law review rankings... The purpose of this
Essay is twofold: Refinement of the theoretical framework,
and implementation. It proposes, defends, and implements
a complex ranking method for general-interest student-
edited law reviews, based on a judicious weighting of
normalized citation frequency and normalized impact
factor. It then analyzes the distribution of journals' scores,
and the diminishing marginal difference between them.
Finally, it examines the correlation between law schools'
positions in the U.S. News & World Report latest
ranking and their flagship law reviews' positions under
the proposed method, and between these schools'
overall scores and their law reviews' final scores."