Group Effort in Modern Physics Research

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Science  08 May 1959:
Vol. 129, Issue 3358, pp. 1277-1278
DOI: 10.1126/science.129.3358.1277


In the Physical Review for the year 1957, as a sample, multiple authorship appears with greatest relative frequency in communications from government, academic, and industrial laboratories, in that order. For the three types, it appears that research is conducted on the average by groups and not by individuals. These conclusions are at variance with premises assumed recently by R. S. Uhrbrock (1).