Multiple Authorship Trends in Scientific Papers

Science  21 Feb 1964:
Vol. 143, Issue 3608, pp. 822-824
DOI: 10.1126/science.143.3608.822


Since 1946 biomedical writers have shown no marked trend toward multiple authorship; the average number of authors per paper remains steady at about 2.3. This is in strong contrast tothe conclusion of Price from a study of Chemical Abstracts that the chemists' trend toward four or more authors per paper has been during this period, and continues to be, steeply exponential.