The rise in co-authorship in the social sciences (1980-2013)

Dorte Henriksen*

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Abstract

This paper examines the rise in co-authorship in the Social Sciences over a 33-year period. We investigate the development in co-authorship in different research areas and discuss how the methodological differences in these research areas and changes in academia affect the tendency to co-author articles. The study is based on bibliographic data about 4.5 million peer review articles published in the period 1980-2013 and indexed in the 56 subject categories of the Web of Science's (WoS) Social Science Citation Index (SSCI). Results show that in the majority of the subject categories we can document a rise in the mean number of authors and that there are disciplinary differences in how much the number of authors has increased. The most substantial rise in the mean and median number of authors has happen in subject categories, where the research often is based on the use of experiments, large data set, statistical methods and/or team-production models.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ISSI 2015 Istanbul : 15th International Society of Scientometrics and Informetrics Conference
EditorsAlbert Ali Salah, Alkim Almila Akdag Salah, Cassidy Sugimoto, Umut Al, Yasar Tonta
Number of pages12
PublisherBogazici Universitesi
Publication date1. Jan 2015
Pages209-220
ISBN (Electronic)9789755183817
Publication statusPublished - 1. Jan 2015
Event15th International Society of Scientometrics and Informetrics Conference, ISSI 2015 - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 29. Jun 20154. Jul 2015

Conference

Conference15th International Society of Scientometrics and Informetrics Conference, ISSI 2015
CountryTurkey
CityIstanbul
Period29/06/201504/07/2015
SponsorEBSCO Information Services, Elsevier B.V., Emerald, Springer, Thomson Reuters

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    Henriksen, D. (2015). The rise in co-authorship in the social sciences (1980-2013). In A. A. Salah, A. A. A. Salah, C. Sugimoto, U. Al, & Y. Tonta (Eds.), Proceedings of ISSI 2015 Istanbul: 15th International Society of Scientometrics and Informetrics Conference (pp. 209-220). Bogazici Universitesi.