Saturday, August 19, 2006

POLITICS OF PUBLISHING

Mermin ND. 2005. Proper citation of the Matthew effect Physics Today 58(4):17, 87

It points out that the suggested earlier attribution (ibid 58(1):15-16) of the origin of this term (for the tendency to give credit for a scientific advance to the most distinguished of several possible candidates) to Louis & Mary Fieser is incorrect - they used the same Matthew quotation but for a different phenomenon. The original attribution by the author (ibid 57(5):10-11 2004) to Robert Merton (Science 159: 56, 1968) is correct.

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