The Matthew effect and a relation with concept symbols and defaults
Faculty of Social Sciences. Instructional and Educational Sciences
Institute of Development Policy and Management
Documentation and information
Annals of library and information studies
, p. 335-345
University of Antwerp
In this article a review of Mertons article about the Matthew effect is presented. The authors discuss what they think Merton really meant and link it to the use of concept symbols and defaults. The Matthew effect is linked to the notions of concept symbols and defaults. The diffusion of Mertons ideas in science over time is discussed. Several h- and R-indices related to Matthew publications are derived. Related effects, namely the Podunk effect, the Knudop effect and the Wehttam effect are briefly discussed. Also the Matilda effect is given some attention as is the under representation of women in science and factors explaining this phenomenon.