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Lead author

In academic publishing, the lead author is the first named author of a publication such as a research article or audit.

Academic authorship standards vary widely across disciplines. In many academic subjects, the lead author of a research article is typically the person who carried out the majority of the research, and wrote and edited most of the manuscript. The list of trailing co-authors reflects, typically, diminishing contributions to the work reported in the manuscript. Sometimes, journals require statements detailing each author's contributions to be included in each publication.[1] In other disciplines (specifically mathematics and theoretical computer science) however, authors are typically listed alphabetically rather than by contribution.[2][3]

The proportion of multi-author papers has increased in recent decades, reflecting increasingly complex multi-investigator research projects,[4] as well as the "publish or perish" culture of academic performance evaluation.

See also


  1. ^ "Editorial: What did you do? Nature Physics now requires a statement of authors' contributions to a paper", Nature Physics 5, 2009: 369,  .
  2. ^ 2004 Statement on The Culture of Research and Scholarship in Mathematics: Joint Research and Its Publication,  .
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  4. ^ Weltzin, J. F.; Belote, R. T.; Thomas, L. M.; Keller, J. K.; Engel, C. E. (2006), "Authorship in ecology: attribution, accountability, and responsibility", Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 4: 435–441,  
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