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Borsuk, Robyn; Budden, Amber E.; Leimu, Roosa; Aarssen, Lonnie W.; Lortie, Christopher J. 2009. The influence of author gender, national language, and number of authors on citation frequency in ecology. Open Ecology Journal. Vol: 2. Pages 25-28. (Abstract) (Online version)

Abstract

Citation metrics are widely used as a surrogate measure of scientific merit; however, these indices may be sensitive to factors and influences unrelated to merit. We examined citation rates for 5883 articles in relation to number of authors, first author's primary language, and gender. Citation rates were unrelated to primary language and gender but increased with author number. These findings add to a growing body of indirect evidence for potential attitudinal bias in the perceived merit of publications within ecology.