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

06/14/1999 Eugen Tarnow An offending survey

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

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

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

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

03/12/1996 R.M. Sloan Coauthors’ Contributions to Major Papers Published in the AjR: Frequency of Undeserved Coauthorship

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

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

05/14/2002 Eugen Tarnow Coauthorship in physics

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

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

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

06/22/1979 Ross Vasta, Charles Kiesler and William Bevan Editorial correspondence when trying to publish the first survey on coauthorship

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

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

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

10/16/1988 Robert N. Berk Irresponsible Coauthorship

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

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

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

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

11/08/2002 Eugen Tarnow Optimizing science

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

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.

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

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

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

08/01/2008 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