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I think every scientist must have different criteria for deciding who will be listed as a co-author. I have been offered to be listed as co-author in return for creating an illustration for the paper. (I declined to do the illustration, since a co-authorship isn't going to pay the bills). I suspect that this was the scientist's way of dealing with inadequate funding, and I don't blame him one bit for using the authorship as a form of payment, if that's what it takes.
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On Tue, Feb 8, 2011 at 9:48 AM, Raymond King <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I am a biologist and completely agree with Britt.  You would have to make some pretty significant contributions to the article in order to be listed as a co-author or contributor other than illustrator.  Scientists tend to be very, very territorial about their published research.  Might not be fair but that's the way it is.
Ray 

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