Names in publications

<p>When people publish a piece of work, do they actually include their names in the article. Like they'll refer to so or so in the content of the article? I am not talking about the top where it lists the authors.</p>

<p>If they are referencing a previous article they wrote/published? Yes, of course. They would reference it the same as they would reference any other article.</p>

<p>The soft sciences may be more informal in how they write it, and I have seen something along the lines of, "In our most recent study (Prof X, 2011), we determined..." The hard sciences will probably not write this way often, and just say, " Prof X (2011) found..." as if it were any other person.</p>

<p>I mean their own names. Like let's say the authors' names are one, two, and three. Would they refer to their own names in the article like "one did this" "two did this" etc..?</p>

<p>What subject are we talking about? And is this an article about a study that was done, or a literature review, or something else?</p>

<p>If you are authoring a paper, then you have probably read other papers in your field and have some idea of the style of writing...or you could ask your advisor. What I can interpret from your question, you want to know if authors point out exactly what each author contributed to that particular paper? No, I have not seen this in anything I've read in the humanities or in some of the hard sciences I've dabbled in. I saw you posted in another thread that you are in engineering. That is one area I'm not too familiar with, so I could very well be wrong. But usually individual contribution is not pointed out if it was a collaborative effort.</p>

<p>hey and yeah I'm in engineering. I was just curious about how published papers work. I think you are right for engineering also, I've read a few articles and none seemed to have author tags within the article itself.</p>

<p>In my field (psychology), there are times when some people contribute a lot to the experiment, but do not write the paper at all. They still often end up as an "author," but it is never mentioned who did what. </p>

<p>I co-authored a chapter in a book that was recently published. My prof wrote the bulk of it (and so was the first-author), then I wrote a decent-sized subsection. There were maybe 4 other names of profs who either added a few references or edited some of the text - I was still listed as the last author even though I contributed more of the actual writing, aside from my prof. Presumably since I was the student. So the order of names doesn't always signal who contributed the most, either, and in some disciplines I believe the names are merely in alphabetical order. Plus the readers will not care who actually did what :)</p>

<p>It's sometimes listed at the end, after citations, as "Author Contributions" with their initials</p>

<p>Take this paper from Nature: <a href="http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v478/n7370/pdf/nature10523.pdf%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v478/n7370/pdf/nature10523.pdf&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

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Author Contributions H.J.K., Y.I.K., A.M.M.S., M.P., K.A.M., G.S., Y.S., M.B.J., Z.K., S. Mayer, S.F., S.U., S. Mane and N.S. performed and analysed the experiments. F.C., Y.Z., X.X., M.L., T.G. and M.R. analysed the data. Z.K., A.M.M.S., M.P., G.S., S.N.L, A.V., D.R.W., T.M.H., A.H., J.E.K. and N.S. participated in tissue procurement and examination. N.S. designed the study and wrote the manuscript, which all authors commented and edited.

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<p>Sorry this particular paper has so many authors. It's interesting that the PI designed the experiment and wrote the paper...</p>

<p>I was thinking of/talking about inside the actual text of the paper and didn't even think about the notes at the end - I apparently have already been out of school too long.</p>

<p>I have seen the above example a few times even in the humanities when there were many authors. Or in some cases contributors weren't listed as an author but were thanked/mentioned at the end.</p>