Amount, impact, quality of business professor’s academic publishing recognized

Lai-G-2011-80PULLMAN, Wash. – The quality, frequency and impact of Washington State University professor Gene Lai’s publishing was recognized in a recent article about appearances in academic journals. The study identified major contributing authors to three elite and seven high-impact academic risk management and insurance (RMI) journals over the past 30 and 10 years.

“The authors listed in this study represent a significant segment of the RMI academic community,” said the study authors. “They are worthy of appropriate recognition.”

When adjusted for impact of work, Lai was No. 5 (of about 1,000 authors listed) for contributions to the three elite journals in the past 10 years; he ranked No. 9 (of about 2,000 authors) in the same journals for the past 30 years.

In the seven high-impact journals, Lai ranked No. 27 in the past 10 years (of about 1,700 authors) and No. 9 in the past 30 years (of about 4,000 authors).

Lai is chair and Safeco Distinguished Professor of Insurance in the WSU Department of Finance and Management Science. The article can be found on the Social Science Research Network at

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