Why scientific journal authorship practices make no sense et al.

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Those unfamiliar with scientific journals may be saying, “Six authors on one paper? How do six people even write a paper together? What, do you alternate paragraphs?” The answer is it’s a bit of a lopsided affair: One person probably wrote the paper, and the other five barely saw it. The secondary authors may have contributed intellectually, analytically, or via nepotism. The important thing is that the paper exists, and six people are responsible in some way for its existence.

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