G. Cormode, S. Muthukrishnan, and J. Yan. First author advantage: Citation labeling in research. In Proceedings of the Computational Scientometrics: Theory and Applications Workshop at CIKM, 2013.

Citations among research papers, and the networks they form, are the primary object of study in scientometrics. The act of making a citation reflects the citerís knowledge of the related literature, and of the work being cited. We aim to gain insight into this process by studying citation keys: user-generated labels to identify a cited work. Our main observation is that the first listed author is disproportionately represented in such labels, implying a strong mental bias towards the first author.

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