Another cornucopia of co-authors

It seems so innocent. The list begins “Khachatryan V, Sirunyan AM, Tumasyan A, Adam W, Bergauer T, Dragicevic M, Erö J,…” These are the first few co-authors of a paper called “Search for Stopped Gluinos in pp Collisions at sqrt[s]=7  TeV.”And then the list goes on, and on, and on… with about 2100 co-authors total.

And then it turns out that there are several such multi-multi-co-authored papers. Take a look.

They owe a spiritual debt, at least, to the approximately 976 co-authors of a single medical report who shared the 1993 Ig Nobel Prize in literature for publishing a paper that has 100 times more authors as pages. And do not forget the later gang of more than 2500 co-authors [which we celebrated not so long ago] and the gang that has approximately 57,000….

(Thanks to Ed Yong for bringing this new batch to our attention.)

One Response to “Another cornucopia of co-authors”

  1. Graham Clark Says:

    The 2004 paper 2Finishing the euchromatic sequence of the human genome” is credited to the International Human Genome Sequencing Consortium, but there’s a downloadable list of authors – by my somewhat crude counting technique there are 2815, although a few of those may be duplicates.

    Yours, Graham Clark (no. 120)

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