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Endersby, J. W.

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1996 Jun

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Collaborative research in the social sciences: Multiple authorship and publication credit.

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Social Science Quarterly

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Objective. This paper measures the extent of research collaboration and multiple authorship found in published articles of social scientists. Issues relating to coauthorship are outlined, and related empirical tests are conducted. Methods. Thirteen social science journals from a variety of disciplines are surveyed. Multiple authorship and name order of research articles are identified and aggregated. Results. Nearly half of all social science articles have joint authors. Disciplines can be characterized by different styles of collaboration. A significant portion of social science researchers list authorship in alphabetic order. Conclusions. Social science research relies heavily on collaborative activities. Patterns of credited authorship seem influenced by a discipline's norms as well as its research methodology.

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