Scientific coauthorship

Inappropriate coauthorship is the rule in the academic community. As a result, funding is diverted from young people with fresh ideas and science becomes stale.

This site lists research about inappropriate coauthorship - statistics of undeserving academic authors. 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

So far, nothing has changed in the scientific community - the prevalence of inappropriate coauthorship is the same as it was.
DateAuthorSorted ascendingTitleCan be sorted ascending
02/01/2000 Aidan Hollis Coauthorship and the output of academic economists

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

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.

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

04/01/1988 E-an Zen Abuse of coauthorship; its implications for young scientists, and the role of journal editors

05/14/2002 Eugen Tarnow Coauthorship in physics

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

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

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

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

11/08/2002 Eugen Tarnow Optimizing science

06/14/1999 Eugen Tarnow An offending survey

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

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

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

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

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

07/14/1987 Felix S. Chew Coauthorship in Radiology Journals

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

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

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

10/12/1995 Joost P H Drenth Proliferation of Authors on Research Reports in Medicine

05/13/1995 Joost P H Drenth Authorship inflation: a trend reversed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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