Inferring authors' relative contributions to publications from the order of their names when default order is alphabetical

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Abstract

In attributing individual credit for co-authored academic publications, one issue is how to apportion (unequal) credit, based on the order of authorship. Apportioning credit for completed joint undertakings has always been a challenge. Academic promotion committees are faced with such tasks regularly, when trying to infer a candidate's contribution to an article they coauthored with others. We propose a method for achieving this goal in disciplines (such as the author's) where the default order is alphabetical. The credits are those maximizing Shannon entropy subject to order constraints.

Original languageEnglish
Article number927
JournalEntropy
Volume22
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2020

Keywords

  • Apportioning credit
  • Joint authorship
  • Maximum entropy
  • OR in scientometrics

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