Author: M. Gordon 1
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  • 1 University of Leicester Primary Communications Research Centre LE1 7RH Leicester (England) LE1 7RH Leicester (England)
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Abstract  

There have recently been completed a number of studies which analyse and interpret trends in multiple authorship for scientific papers. This paper presents data which show that a significant relationship exists between levels of multiple authorship for papers submitted to a leading Astronomy journal, and their frequency of acceptance for publication. It is argued that this finding indicates the need for the exercise of more extensive qualification when drawing inferences about actual social aspects of research activity, from trends in the multiple authorship of published papers.