REVIEW: Measuring impact and the most influential works in Migration Studies


  • Ibrahim Sirkeci Regent's Centre for Transnational Studies, Regent's University London
  • Jeffrey H. Cohen Department of Anthropology, Ohio State University



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The aim of this paper is to offer an independent measure of the impact of published research in migration studies field. Using the Google Scholar citation database and Ann Harzing ranking software, we have created a long list of most cited works in migration studies and drew a list of 100 top articles and books and 100 most cited authors who appeared in periodicals and books. Like any lists, this one also has some drawbacks but yet it reflects somewhat the influence of the work our colleagues in this fast growing field produce.   

Author Biographies

Ibrahim Sirkeci, Regent's Centre for Transnational Studies, Regent's University London

Prof Ibrahim Sirkeci is Ria Financial Professor of Transnational Studies and Marketing as well as directing the Regent's Centre for Transnational Studies at Regent's University London, UK . He has widely published on migration, ethnicity, conflict, labour markets, and remittances. He is the author of several books and articles including Exploring the Kurdish Population in the Turkish Context (Genus, 2000) and The Environment of Insecurity in Turkey and the Emigration of Turkish Kurds to Germany (Edwin Mellen Press, 2006). He has conducted research on minorities and migration in Turkey, Iraq, Germany, and the UK. His recent books are Migration and Remittances during the Global Financial Crisis and Beyond (The World Bank, 2012, with J. Cohen and D. Ratha) and Cultures of Migration, the Global Nature of Contemporary Mobility (University of Texas Press, 2012, with J. Cohen). Prof Sirkeci is also the Editor of Migration Letters journal.

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Jeffrey H. Cohen, Department of Anthropology, Ohio State University

Jeffrey H. Cohen is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Ohio State University. His books include Cooperation and Community: Economy and Society in Oaxaca, The Culture of Migration in Southern Mexico, and Economic Development: An Anthropological Approach. Dr. Cohen's research focuses on three areas: migration, development and nutrition. Since the early 1990s he as studied the impact, structure and outcome of migration from indigenous communities in Oaxaca, Mexico to the US with support from the National Science Foundation. He has also conducted comparative research on Mexican, Dominican and Turkish migration. His work on traditional foods, nutrition and migration was supported by the National Geographic Society. In addition to ongoing work in Oaxaca, he is currently studying the migration of Mexicans to Columbus. Dr. Cohen's cv.pdf See more at: Jeffrey Cohen at OSU




How to Cite

Sirkeci, I., & Cohen, J. H. (2015). REVIEW: Measuring impact and the most influential works in Migration Studies. Migration Letters, 12(3), 336–345.

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