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Articles with dozens or hundreds of authors

  1. Jan 28, 2012 #1
    Hi all,

    I am looking for examples of peer reviewed, published articles in scholarly journals which have many, many authors and/or signatories. I am involved in a different field, but have read that research articles and response letters in the field of physics may, at times, have dozens or hundreds of authors.

    Thanks in advance!
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  3. Jan 28, 2012 #2

    Ben Niehoff

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    Look at experimental particle physics, especially.
  4. Jan 29, 2012 #3
    Thanks. I will try and find some of those articles.

    I have read that there is an article in physics with 632 authors. Does anyone know the reference for this?
  5. Jan 29, 2012 #4

    Vanadium 50

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    There are papers with thousands of authors. Do what Ben said.
  6. Jan 29, 2012 #5
    Thanks. I don't know this field at all, but have been going through Physical Review Letters and can't find any of these articles with hundreds or thousands of authors. What I am looking for is how a peer reviewed journal publishes an article with so many authors. Do they list everyone's name? Credentials? Do they list only a lead author's or contact author's name and credentials?
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    Note that in experimental particle physics, it's the custom to list all the participants in an experiment in alphabetical order, regardless of their status. The "lead author", Abazov, was probably a graduate student. I was in that position myself when I was a graduate student, in a much smaller collaboration, about forty people.
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