Scientometrics

, Volume 87, Issue 1, pp 99–105

Is correspondence reflected in the author position? A bibliometric study of the relation between corresponding author and byline position

  • Pauline Mattsson
  • Carl Johan Sundberg
  • Patrice Laget
Article

Abstract

Bibliometric indicators are increasingly used to fund and evaluate scientific research. Since the number of authors in a paper and the number of has increased it is difficult to determine the individual contribution of authors. Suggested approaches include the study of author position or the corresponding author. Our findings show that the corresponding author is most likely to appear first and then last in the byline. The results are dependent on number of authors in a paper and national differences exist. This underscores the need to take into account both the number of authors on a paper and their position in the byline to be accurate when measuring author contribution.

Keywords

Co-authorship Corresponding author Author position Author impact 

Copyright information

© Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Pauline Mattsson
    • 1
  • Carl Johan Sundberg
    • 1
  • Patrice Laget
    • 2
  1. 1.Unit for Bioentrepreneurship, LIMEKarolinska InstitutetStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Inserm Unit 646AngersFrance

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