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Title: The Matthew effect and a relation with concept symbols and defaults
Authors: Mahbuba, Dilruba
Rousseau, Ronald
Keywords: Matthew Effect;Concept Symbols;Defaults;Diffusion;Women in Science
Issue Date: Dec-2011
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: In this article a review of Merton’s article about the Matthew effect is presented. The authors discuss what they think Merton really meant and link it to the use of concept symbols and defaults. The Matthew effect is linked to the notions of concept symbols and defaults. The diffusion of Merton’s ideas in science over time is discussed. Several h- and R-indices related to “Matthew” publications are derived. Related effects, namely the Podunk effect, the Knudop effect and the Wehttam effect are briefly discussed. Also the Matilda effect is given some attention as is the under representation of women in science and factors explaining this phenomenon.
Page(s): 335-345
ISSN: 0975-2404 (Online); 0972-5423 (Print)
Appears in Collections:ALIS Vol.58(4) [December 2011]

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