Mario does a very nice job here conveying the complexities of authorship in the science world.
Attribution of authorship in a scientific paper is a delicate task. In many fields, the author’s order in the byline symbolically indicates the role of each scientist in the work. But this is a poor job. Science should move to a system of explicit credits, where people were acknowledged for their real contribution. It would not be easier, but it would be fairer.
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