The Behavior Analyst

, Volume 34, Issue 1, pp 75–91 | Cite as

A quantitative analysis and natural history of B. F. Skinner’s coauthoring practices

  • Todd L. McKercharEmail author
  • Edward K. Morris
  • Nathaniel G. Smith


This paper describes and analyzes B. F. Skinner’s coauthoring practices. After identifying his 35 coauthored publications and 27 coauthors, we analyze his coauthored works by their form (e.g., journal articles) and kind (e.g., empirical); identify the journals in which he published and their type (e.g., data-type); describe his overall and local rates of publishing with his coauthors (e.g., noting breaks in the latter); and compare his coauthoring practices with his single-authoring practices (e.g., form, kind, journal type) and with those in the scientometric literature (e.g., majority of coauthored publications are empirical). We address these findings in the context of describing the natural history of Skinner’s coauthoring practices. Finally, we describe some limitations in our methods and offer suggestions for future research.

Key words

B. F. Skinner coauthorship scientometrics history of behavior analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Todd L. McKerchar
    • 1
    Email author
  • Edward K. Morris
    • 2
  • Nathaniel G. Smith
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyJacksonville State UniversityJacksonvilleUSA
  2. 2.University of KansasUSA

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