This site lists research about inappropriate coauthorship - statistics of undeserving academic authors and what to do about it. I just started the list and expect to add many other relevant manuscripts (if you have a manuscript to add, please email a pdf file to

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11/08/2014 Ljiljana Vučković-Dekić Multiauthorship and False Authorship: Why Worrying About This?

04/01/2012 Carolin Haeussler, Henry Sauermann The Impact of Project Contributions and Social Factors on Authorship and Inventorship

08/01/2008 Eugen Tarnow Subconscious Ratings of Inappropriate Coauthorship in Physics

10/01/2007 Thomas McGovern, Thomas F. Babor, and Kerstin Stenius The Road to Paradise: Moral Reasoning in Addiction Publishing

10/01/2007 Thomas F. Babor and Thomas McGovern Dante's Inferno: Seven Deadly Sins in Scientific Publishing and How to Avoid Them

11/20/2006 Salvatore Mele, David Dallman, Jens Vigen, Joanne Yeomans  Quantitative Analysis of the Publishing Landscape in High-Energy Physics

08/09/2006 Kanchan Chandra, Jennifer Gandhi, Gary King, Arthur Lupia, Edward Mansfield APSA Working Group on Collaborative Research

01/24/2006 Anne Boschini and Anna Sjogren Is team formation gender neutral? Evidence from coauthorship patterns.

08/31/2005 L.S. Kwok The White Bull effect: abusive coauthorship and publication parasitism

08/01/2005 Jeremy P. Birnholtz  What Does It Mean To Be An Author?

09/28/2004 Eugen Tarnow Byline corruption can only be controlled by true stakeholders

07/22/2004 Eugen Tarnow et al Coauthorship in pathology, a comparison with physics and a survey-generated and member-preferred authorship guideline

10/01/2003 International Society of Addiction Journal Editors Ethical Guidelines of the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors

11/08/2002 Eugen Tarnow Optimizing science

10/03/2002 Eugen Tarnow Editors should be the marketers, not the guardians, of the scientific record

09/01/2002 Eugen Tarnow Don’t give yourself a bad name

06/28/2002 Eugen Tarnow Subconscious ratings of inappropriate coauthorship in physics

05/14/2002 Eugen Tarnow Coauthorship in physics

05/01/2001 Karen Potvin Klein and Nancy Dew Taylor Open Letter to Editors at Biomedical Journals From Two Author’s Editors

04/11/2001 M. E. J. Newman Clustering and preferential attachment in growing networks

03/12/2001 Eugen Tarnow The correlation of fellow distinction and age in physics: social Darwinism, respect for elders of fellowship as wonder drug?

11/08/2000 M. E. J. Newman Who is the best connected scientist? A study of scientific coauthorship networks

07/12/2000 M. E. J. Newman The structure of scientific collaboration networks

07/09/2000 Eugen Tarnow How do we bring authorship out of the bedroom?

02/01/2000 Aidan Hollis Coauthorship and the output of academic economists

06/14/1999 Eugen Tarnow An offending survey

05/13/1999 Eugen Tarnow The authorship list in physics - postdocs' perceptions of who appears and why

07/15/1998 Annette Flanagin, Lisa Carey, Phil Fontanarosa, Stephanie Phillips, Brian Pace, George Lundberg, Drummond Rennie Prevalence of articles with honorary authors and ghost authors in peer-reviewed medical journals.

07/15/1998 Joost P H Drenth Multiple Authorship: The Contribution of Senior Authors

04/01/1998 Michael Schinski, Anne Kugler, and Wendy Wick Perceptions of the Academic Finance Profession Regarding Publishing and the Allocation of Credit in Coauthorship Situations