Academic Recognition in Russian Sociology: a Study Using Reputation Surveys

Academic Recognition in Russian Sociology:
a Study Using Reputation Surveys

Sokolov M.M.

Cand. Sci. (Sociol.), Prof. at European University at Saint Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russia

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Sokolov M.M. Academic Recognition in Russian Sociology: a Study Using Reputation Surveys. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2021. No 3. P. 44-56


The paper reports the results of a reputation survey using a sample derived from the Russian index for scientific citing and covering the grand majority of Russian actively publishing sociologists. Overall, invitation was sent to 3689 individuals, 818 (22%) of whom answered to all of the survey questions. Based on the survey results, individual reputation rankings were calculated. The disciplinary elite, as depicted by the study, is predominantly male, of senior age (the median age among top-20 figures is 70 years old) and Moscow-based (18 of top-20 are residing in Moscow). Two institutions employing most of the members of the disciplinary elite are the Institute of sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Higher School of Economics. The HSE together with the Moscow and Saint Petersburg State universities are the most reputed institutions as far as the undergraduate education is concerned; they are joined by the Moscow Higher School of Social and Economic Sciences and European university at Saint Petersburg at the level of graduate education. Interestingly, university reputation seem only loosely to be connected with their widely recognized scholars. Readership of Russian-language sociological periodicals was also measured revealing that the majority of journals are scarcely read by anybody, owing their existence to the publication pressures exerted by the state. “Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya” (“Sociological Studies”) retains the position of the major Russian sociological outlet. There is no evidence of strong polarization among Russian sociologists, although there is evidence of significant fragmentation. Figures admired in their own circles are scarcely known in other circles, with the work of some of the personalities having the greatest numbers of admirers not known to as much as 40% of the population.

sociology of science; scientometrics; sociology of sociology; academic reputations; academic recognition; university rankings; rankings of academic journals; reputation surveys; sociology in Russia
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