When in Rome – Conventions in Assignment of Authorship

Document created by David Chesney on Jan 13, 2011
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A graduate student arranges for an internship at an institution in another country.  When he and the supervisor prepare their first paper, he is surprised to find that all five of the other group members are listed as co-authors.  The journal to which the paper is to be submitted has strict rules about authorship, and the student does not feel that the required criteria have been met.  The supervisor sees the problem as one of cultural differences in the practice of science.