The Matthew Effect

[The] complex pattern of the misallocation of credit for scientific work must quite evidently be described as 'the Matthew effect', for, as will be remembered, the Gospel According to St. Matthew puts it this way: For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. Put in less stately language, the Matthew effect consists of the accruing of greater increments of recognition for particular scientific contributions to scientists of considerable repute and the withholding of such recognition from scientists who have not yet made their mark.


"complex pattern of the misallocation of credit for scientific work"

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 The Matthew Effect in Science
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Merton , Robert King (1968), The Matthew Effect in Science, Retrieved on 2012-06-12
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