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Rise of multi-authored papers in economics: Demise of the ‘lone star’ and why?

Lukas Kuld and John O’Hagan ()
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Lukas Kuld: Trinity College Dublin
John O’Hagan: Trinity College Dublin

Scientometrics, 2018, vol. 114, issue 3, 1207-1225

Abstract: Abstract This paper builds on previous work by reviewing the key literature relating to the rise in co-authorship in economics and by presenting further new evidence on several features of co-authorship in articles in economic journals. The empirical analysis draws on around 175,000 articles in the top 255 journals, over the period 1996–2014. The rises in quarto-plus and cross-country co-authored papers are striking, as are the differences in citations per article and citations per author. There is evidence of an alphabetical ordering of authors as the standard in co-authored papers in top journals with no downward trend evident over time. A correlation between co-authorship and career stage is observed with young authors publishing significantly more solo-authored articles.

Keywords: Co-authorship; Individual contribution; Academic economic research (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A14 D85 I23 O33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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