Patterns of Name Ordering Among Authors of Scientific Papers: A Study of Social Symbolism and Its Ambiguity

  title={Patterns of Name Ordering Among Authors of Scientific Papers: A Study of Social Symbolism and Its Ambiguity},
  author={Harriet Zuckerman},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={276 - 291}
  • H. Zuckerman
  • Published 1 November 1968
  • Psychology
  • American Journal of Sociology
With increasing scientific collaboration, visibility of individual role-performance has diminished. Ordering of author's names is an adaptive device which symbolizes their relative contributions to research. Interviews with Nobel laureates and comparisons of their name-order practices to those of other scientists suggests that this symbol is ambiguos and makes evaluation of individual role-performance difficult. A probability model of expected distributions of name orders is used in measuring… 
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