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Temporal evolution of multi-author papers in basic sciences from 1960 to 2010

Ding-wei Huang ()
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Ding-wei Huang: Chung Yuan Christian University

Scientometrics, 2015, vol. 105, issue 3, 2137-2147

Abstract: Abstract This work studies the trends of co-author numbers in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics, from 1960 to 2010. Journal data are analyzed to show the common trends across the disciplines. The single-author papers decline continuously over the years. The multi-author papers rise and fall following one another in succession. The data suggest that small-group collaborations in different disciplines go through the same stages at different times. Besides the common trends, the dramatic growth of the co-author number in Physics after 1990 is also discussed.

Keywords: Co-authorship; Collaboration; Stochastic process; Poisson distribution (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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