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Title: Author inflation leads to a breakdown of Lotka's law
Authors: ROUSSEAU, Ronald 
Kretschmer, Hildrun
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: JOHN WILEY & SONS INC
Source: Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 52(8). p. 610-614
Abstract: It is empirically shown that, even using the normal or total counting procedure, Lotka's law breaks down when articles with a large, i.e., more than hundred, number of authors are included in the bibliography, The explanation of this phenomenon is that the conditions for an application of the basic success-breeds-success model are not fulfilled any more. Studying articles with many authors means dealing with items (the articles) having multiple sources (the authors), hence Egghe's generalized success-breeds-success model, leading to not necessarily decreasing distributions, explains the observed irregularities.
Keywords: INFORMETRIC DISTRIBUTIONS; SCIENTIFIC COLLABORATION; PRODUCTIVITY; ATTRIBUTION; COUNTS
Document URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/7410
ISSN: 1532-2882
DOI: 10.1002/asi.1118.abs
ISI #: 000169032200003
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
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