Noah Gray discusses the issue of how to determine who did what in a multiple author paper. He brings up one suggestion by Dr. Cagan Sekercioglu to quantify the contribution of each author. I agree with Gray that this sort of quantification probably doesn’t help much. I actually never knew that Nature has had an optional author contributions section. I think that’s pretty cool.
I do think it would be nice to have a graphical depiction of what people did to get a quick grasp of their role. For example, he acted as a programmer, or she came up with the experimental design…. maybe some nice icons would do the trick….
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