B – Multiple authorship

Wyatt PJ. Commentary: too many authors, too few creators. Physics Today April 2012:9

The author discusses interesting issues regarding multiple authorship of articles written by authors in, or associated with,  academia, government laboratories and industry in the USA. Over the years the number of authors associated with each published article has greatly increased; single-author papers has become relatively rare. Many problems of irrilevant authors arise with the journals themselves, as only a few of them ask the correspondence author to confirm that the listed authors all contributed to the paper.