from the urls-we-dig-up dept
Science is getting more and more complicated as we learn more and it becomes nearly impossible for any single human being to understand, let alone perform, all of the experiments necessary to push the boundaries of knowledge out a little further. It seems that the field of particle physics is quite accustomed to publishing papers with “kiloauthors” without a problem, but the practice may be extending to other fields now as well. (Just imagine how long the copyright should last… lifetimes of the authors plus 70 years.)
- The paper describing the first observation of the Higgs Boson has 5,154 authors listed. The Higgs Boson is responsible for imparting everything with mass, and apparently its observation imparts nearly every physicist with credit. [url]
- A recent fruit fly paper named 1,014 authors and sparked a discussion about the meaning of authorship. The names of over 900 undergraduate students were included in this publication, recognizing those students’ “significant intellectual contribution” to the project [url]
- The previous record-holder for most number of authors for a scientific paper is “Initial Sequencing and Analysis of the Human Genome” with over 2,900 authors. This paper missed credits for 6 authors and added them to the top of the list. Recognition is always appreciated….. [url]
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