Views and Commentaries
Who went into phage research?
Volume 2, Issue 1
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Pages 55 - 59http://dx.doi.org/10.4161/bact.18680
: bibliography, cultural theory, ethnic origin, family names, linguistics
Authors: Hans-W. Ackermann View affiliations
A total of 30,000 phage papers, books, or book chapters, published between 1965 and 2010, were analyzed for the ethnic origins of 14,429 first authors. Their names represent 40 linguistic domains or geographic areas and at least 70 languages. British and German names predominate. Results broadly concur with statistics on the frequency of publications by country and show the growing role of Third-World countries in phage research. Irish and Jewish scientists are prominent. Historical and societal factors appear to be very important elements in the advancement of science.
Received: October 31, 2011; Accepted: November 7, 2011