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Title: The Byline: Thoughts on the distribution of author ranks in multiauthored papers
Authors: EGGHE, Leo 
Liming, Liang
ROUSSEAU, Ronald 
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Mathematical and Computer Modelling, 38(3-4). p. 323-329
Abstract: We analyze the multi-authorship matrix M, defined as the matrix where a cell M(j,k) denotes the number of times authors with j publications are ranked as kth author of an article. We prove that if the distribution of the number of authors per paper follows a power law, then the author rank distribution is approximately equal to this power law (more precisely, equal in Landau's big 0 sense). We further determine the author rank distribution in the case authors can be characterized through a seed number, this is the probability of preceding a fixed author in the byline of an article. Such a seed is determined for alphabetical ranking of authors using the standard western alphabet.
Keywords: Multiauthorship matrix; Byline; Author productivity distribution; Authors per paper; Rank distribution; Predicted rank; Seed
Document URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/766
DOI: 10.1016/S0895-7177(03)90090-2
ISI #: 000185443800009
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validations: ecoom 2004
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