Collaboration and author order : changing patterns in IS research


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In this article we examine changes in the patterns of collaboration among information systems researchers since 1987, in terms of number of authors and order of authorship. The proportion of multiple authored papers, particularly among articles published in more prestigious journals, increased significantly. One possible explanation may be in increased research complexity, as evidenced by much longer papers. At the same time, among prestigious journals, the alphabetical model for ordering authorship all but disappeared. The article calls for consideration of a standard for authorship order in IS research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-190
Number of pages25
JournalCommunications of the Association for Information Systems
Publication statusPublished - 18 Feb 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • information systems research
  • authorship order
  • multiple authorship
  • IS journals
  • research collaboration

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