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Why do you need one author to write a scientific paper in philosophy and up to 5,154 for one in physics? How far better must philosophers be in typewriting if they manage to do the job of over 5,000 physicists? As of 10 July 2017 we start this blog by looking at the use of authorship in scholarly publishing. We analysed more than 48k publications in 27 subject areas to answer these questions. Now we want to share our results.

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How many authors does it really need to write a paper?

Et alia mille

On average, the 20 highest performing authors in Physics and Astronomy have more than 1200 coauthors per article.

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Chemically linked authors

Bibliometrics for the Subject Areas Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, as well as Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Pharmaceutics for the 20 Highest Performing Authors

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Bibliometrics for the Subject Areas Computer Science and Decision Sciences for the 20 Highest Performing Authors.

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Chemically linked authors

Bibliometrics for the Subject Areas Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, as well as Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Pharmaceutics for the 20 Highest Performing Authors

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About the elephant

This blog is not about actual elephants. Sorry. It is about science. We are passionate about science and made a blog about it. But we are not covering the latest findings in elementary particle physics or essays on Luhmann’s system theory. This blog is about those problems in science that everyone sees but nobody talks about: The journal system, the idiocy of authorship, citation cartels, career chances for young researchers, career chances for female researchers. You name it.

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To our mind, it is important that science is open. So is our blog. If you spotted an elephant on your science safari and you would like to contribute to this blog – let us know. There are several possibilities for you contribution or for a collaboration.

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Chemically linked authors

Bibliometrics for the Subject Areas Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, as well as Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Pharmaceutics for the 20 Highest Performing Authors

11000111 authors

Bibliometrics for the Subject Areas Computer Science and Decision Sciences for the 20 Highest Performing Authors.