Naming a species after yourself (zoology)
DanB at AUSTMUS.GOV.AU
Tue Mar 7 07:55:20 CST 2006
> I don't see the relevance of having someone listed as an author on a
> if that person made no contribution to the research or writing of the
Well, welcome to the real world. Two comments:
1. It is common practice in some cultures (I am being politically
correct here) and with certain unethical/ tyrannical supervisors, for
the professor to add his name to the papers of his students, even long
after the students have "flown the coop" and have their own careers.
2. Often an author is added to the string to act as a "Trojan Horse",
thereby helping gain access to a more prestigious journal. As editor, I
know of cases where the third author did not even know his name was on
the paper (and didn't seem to care), but his name gave the paper more
Of course, this makes for species names with 3-4 (or more) authors!
Smile, it could be worse.....
Daniel J. Bickel
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