Abstract—As the academic world is focusing deeply on
quantification of contributions brought about by researchers, it
becomes imperative to assign true and deserving credits to the
individuals. Modern-day databases do not account for the
number of contributors or sequence number of a contributor in
the contributors’ list while assigning credit of a scholarly output.
As such, every contributor of a researcher-studded output gets
the same credit as does the sole contributor of a single-author
output. The current work presents a mathematical method to
assign credits based on the number of contributors, the
sequence of the contributor in the contributors list (if so
required), and the magnitude of commendation achieved per
unit time by the scholarly output. The concept of arithmetic
series is utilized to materialize the idea of true assignment of
credits. A case study is also provided to elaborate working of the
Index Terms—Credit share, h-index, governing factor, arithmetic progression, rating index.
The authors are with the Faculty of Integrated Technologies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Asif Iqbal, Quentin Cheok, and Malik M. Nauman, "Assigning Credits to Multiple Contributors of a Scholarly Output Using Arithmetic Series," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 12, no. 11, pp. 1275-1279, 2022.Copyright © 2022 by the authors. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).