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Solo versus collaborative writing: Discrepancies in the use of tables and graphs in academic articles

Cabanac, Guillaume and Hubert, Gilles and Hartley, James Solo versus collaborative writing: Discrepancies in the use of tables and graphs in academic articles. (2014) Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 65 (4). 812-820. ISSN 1532-2882

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/asi.23014

Abstract

The number of authors collaborating to write scientific articles has been increasing steadily. And, with this collaboration, other factors have also changed, such as the length of the articles and the number of citations. However, little is known about potential discrepancies in the use of tables and graphs between single and collaborating authors. In this paper we ask whether multi-author articles contain more tables and graphs than single-author articles and we studied 5,180 recent articles published in six science and social sciences journals. We found both that pairs and multiple-authors used significantly more tables and graphs than single authors. Such findings indicate that there is a greater emphasis on the role of tables and graphs in collaborative writing, and we discuss some of the possible causes and implications of these findings.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Thanks to Wiley editor. The definitive version is available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/asi.23014/abstract
HAL Id:hal-01123627
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - INPT (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UPS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès - UT2J (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse 1 Capitole - UT1 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Keele University (UNITED KINGDOM)
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Deposited On:05 Mar 2015 10:52

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