La revista G3: Genes Genomes Genetics publicó un artículo con 1014 autores, de los cuales ~900 son estudiantes y parece que eso abrió un debate sobre cuando alguien es “realmente” un autor o bien, y creo que lo más importante, sobre la importancia de reconocer el trabajo de otros
Quadruple-digit author lists are not unusual in fields such as particle physics, but are rare in biology. The G3 paper focused on the sequencing of a particular segment of the Drosophila genome known as the Muller F element. The students are members of the Genomics Education Partnership, a collaboration of largely US institutes, and they manually corrected errors in draft sequences and annotated this stretch of the genome from four species of Drosophila. The results suggest that key sections of the Muller F element, also known as the dot chromosome, have been conserved in Drosophila species during 40 million years of evolution.
Aunque uno de los estudiantes que colaboró hizo notar esto:
Faulkes wrote on his Neurodojo blog that “papers like this render the concept of ‘authorship’ of a scientific paper meaningless”. He suggests that the students could have been called contributors instead, and that their names could have been included in a supplementary file… he suspects the students would not qualify as authors using the definition set by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Among other things, those guidelines call for authors to be responsible for “drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content”.
Personalmente, yo me quedó con este comentario por una de las autoras:
Sarah Elgin at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri: “Putting together the efforts of many people allows you to do good projects,”
La nota en Nature News and Comment: http://www.nature.com/news/fruit-fly-paper-has-1-000-authors-1.17555
Genes Genomes Genet. 5, 719–740 (2015).et al.