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Do the junior person and the eminent person on a team receive equal blame for a retraction? It is found that the more junior members of the team see a substantial decline in citations of their work, while the more eminent members experience little or no change.
That double standard...
Coined by the sociologist Robert K. Merton in 1968, the effect is named for a verse in the New Testament book of Matthew: “For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance.”
The interpretation in the world of scientific research: when multiple scientists collabora...
Prior research has found evidence that the Matthew Effect indeed exists in a variety of fields: in academia, in technology, in the creative arts.
Basically in just about any situation where you can’t observe the actual contributions to a product, and you’re trying to make assumption...
A study was conducted where 500 papers published between 1993 and 2009 which had multiple authors and that had been retracted.
Retraction, a potentially career-damaging blow in academia, happens when there is ample evidence that a paper fabricated data, plagiarized the work of othe...
Why does the more junior person get more blame than their coauthors?
There are two possible explanations. The first is that more eminent authors have typically published a larger body of work than their greener coauthors.
The second explanation: Perhaps the better-known member of the ...
For those who work on teams, the findings can be read as a warning. It does suggest that if you’re charting your own career path, working with powerful people can be a risk.
Be choosy about who you hitch your own reputation to.
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