The coupling between devaluation of writing in scientific authorship and inflation of citation indices

James Terry Engelder

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Abstract

A result to the devaluation of writing in scientific discovery is the inflation of citation indices. Presently, a 14-author geology paper cited once has each author claiming for the citation in their personal citation index. Additionally, in the communication aspect, the first author's responsibility is given no greater reward than that received by the 14th author. It is suggested that each paper be awarded a maximum of two citation credits per paper with the first author always earning one credit per citation while the second credit will be divided evenly among the secondary authors. In a two author paper, each author would earn one credit per citation, allowing a thesis advisor to earn his or her just. With this citation credit algorithm, communication of scientific discovery would be restored to its proper position in the reward hierarchy of the geoscience community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-45
Number of pages2
JournalGSA Today
Volume17
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geology

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