, Volume 10, Issue 5–6, pp 297–305 | Cite as

Author collaboration and impact: A note on citation rates of single and multiple authored articles

  • J. C. Smart
  • A. E. Bayer


The acceptance rate of articles which are collaboratively authored tends to be higher than that for single-authored papers, thereby suggesting a generally positive relationship between collaboration and quality. The analysis of ten-year citation rates of 270 randomly selected articles in three applied fields likewise shows a similar relationship, with somewhat higher citation frequencies for multi-authored papers than for single-authored ones. The relationships persist whether self-citations are included or excluded. However, these differences are not statistically significant for articles in clinical psychology or in educational measurement. Only multi-authored articles in management science show a statistically significant higher citation rate. Other aspects of the collaborative process and effects are discussed.


Positive Relationship Applied Field Similar Relationship Acceptance Rate Management Science 
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© Akadémiai Kiadó 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. C. Smart
    • 1
  • A. E. Bayer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburg(USA)

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