The Matthew Effect in Science, II: Cumulative Advantage and the Symbolism of Intellectual Property

@article{Merton1988TheME,
  title={The Matthew Effect in Science, II: Cumulative Advantage and the Symbolism of Intellectual Property},
  author={R. Merton},
  journal={Isis},
  year={1988},
  volume={79},
  pages={606 - 623}
}
HE SUBJECT OF THIS ESSAY is a problem in the sociology of science that has long been of interest to me. That problem, a candid friend tells me, is somewhat obscured by the formidable title assigned to it. Yet, properly deciphered, the title is not nearly as opaque as it might at first seem. Consider first the signal emitted by the Roman numeral II in the main title. It informs us that the paper follows on an earlier one, “The Matthew Effect in Science, ” which I finally put into print a good… Expand
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