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Aaron Lercher

In Web of Science, the median (and average) age of literature cited in publications plummets after each world war.

During WWII, less was published and less recent material was available to be cited. But after WWII, the amount of recent material available for citation exploded, and the median age of items in reference lists plunged to 4.5 years around 1955. Since then, as reference lists have lengthened, the median age of cited items has steadily increased in Web of Science.

So, philosophy reviewers have bad manners, editors have agendas, and this can serve a social function of exclusion and hierarchy maintenance, especially at top journals. (Not only in philosophy!) But there are wider trends too.

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