What does your spot on the list of authors for a paper mean? And how does that affect your standing in the scientific community? Blogger Coturnix points to a new proposal for author lists to be like a movie's credits. "Each person is listed, some people more than once, and each person's contribution is very well defined," he writes.

GTO wonders what the scientific equivalent to a movie's "best boy" would be.

 

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