Honesty in equal contribution

September 16, 2011

When we last wrangled at length over the treatment of “equal contribution” authorships on the CV certain opinions emerged. There were those who felt very strongly that re-ordering, say, the first and second listed authors (who contributed equally) was fraudulent and unethical. I was unable to get these types to express similar outrage about someone conveniently failing to note the equal contribution. I speculated that the listed-first author was going to be more likely to do so.

I am happy to report that I have recently run across an example in which the listed-first author was careful to denote equal contribution. Kudos to you, my ethical friend!