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The New York Times as a Resource for Mode 2

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>30/11/2013
<mark>Journal</mark>Science Technology and Human Values
Issue number6
Number of pages27
Pages (from-to)851-877
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date25/07/13
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The New York Times (NYT) receives more citations from academic journals than the American Sociological Review, Research Policy, or the Harvard Law Review. This article explores the reasons why scholars cite the NYT so much. Reasons include studying the newspaper itself or New York City, establishing public interest in a topic by referencing press coverage, introducing specificity, and treating the NYT very much like an academic journal. The phenomenon seems to reflect a mode 2 type of scholarship produced in the context of application, organizationally diverse, socially accountable, and aiming to be socially useful as well as high quality as assessed by peers.