DailyDirt: More Than A Little Collaboration Necessary

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Science is getting more and more complicated as we learn more and it becomes nearly impossible for any single human being to understand, let alone perform, all of the experiments necessary to push the boundaries of knowledge out a little further. It seems that the field of particle physics is quite accustomed to publishing papers with "kiloauthors" without a problem, but the practice may be extending to other fields now as well. (Just imagine how long the copyright should last... lifetimes of the authors plus 70 years.) After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.
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Filed Under: authorship, collaboration, drosophila, fruit fly, genomics, higgs boson, human genome, hyperauthorship, kiloauthors, large hadron collider, science


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    jote, 21 May 2015 @ 5:30pm

    Mistake in article

    The link to the human genome paper actually points to the fruit fly paper, and vice versa.

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    Gwiz, 21 May 2015 @ 6:27pm

    FUNNY on site mostly blockquotes and links to what are actually co-authors.

    Techdirt writers jeer at copyright then put their name on posts to claim it's solely theirs.

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    Gwiz, 21 May 2015 @ 6:31pm

    FUNNY on site mostly blockquotes and links to what are actually co-authors.

    Techdirt writers jeer at copyright then put their name on posts to claim it's solely theirs.

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      Ninja (profile), 22 May 2015 @ 3:21am

      Re: FUNNY on site mostly blockquotes and links to what are actually co-authors.

      Your point? Last time I checked TD (now) the posts were all public domain to do as you please. Elaborate your nonsense, please.

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      Anonymous Coward, 22 May 2015 @ 5:02am

      Re: FUNNY on site mostly blockquotes and links to what are actually co-authors.

      Is that why a post identifies the writer, I had no idea. Thanks for the eye opener.

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      Gwiz (profile), 22 May 2015 @ 5:12am

      Re: FUNNY on site mostly blockquotes and links to what are actually co-authors.

      Too funny, Blue.

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    Anonymous Coward, 21 May 2015 @ 8:21pm

    Although it's technically not a single paper, you are missing mention of the Classification Theorem for Finite Simple Groups with over 10,000 authors and several tens of thousands of pages.

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    Ninja (profile), 22 May 2015 @ 3:39am

    The days of a single person making groundbreaking discoveries are gone. With very few exceptions research today research is done with the help of a crew where most people contribute. When you see "Jon Doe discovers XYZ" you should read John Doe and his crew. So it makes sense to mention them all.

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      Anonymous Coward, 22 May 2015 @ 5:06am

      Re:

      The days when a single person claims a discovery may be going away, but then those claims were a bit presumptuous anyway. It's not like all those who came before did nothing. Standing upon the shoulders of giants and then claiming you did it all yourself is quite the stretch.

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