Guest Authorship

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A practice in which senior researchers are listed as co-authors—despite having had little to do with the work involved in publishing original research reports—on research reports that are the works of others,e.g., undergraduates and postdoctoral fellows working in their lab
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The consequences of incomplete proration should include excessive coauthoring, or at least the appearance of excessive coauthoring, since false authorship is also a rational response by researchers to incomplete proration.
Finally, the subject of false authorship is examined.
The implication is that the authors resort to a form of false authorship.
By avoiding the actual diseconomies of coauthorship through a form of false authorship, there is no limit to how much "coauthoring" can take place.
Is there a cost for engaging in false authorship other than possible guilt?
Coauthorship, or more particularly false authorship, has gotten badly enough out of hand that some fields have adopted ethical rules for when someone should be listed as an author.
The possibility of false authorship makes it conceivable that actual coauthorship might not be rising, or might not be rising to the extent that measured coauthorship is rising.
False authorship does not change the total number of papers published from what it would be under an efficient reward mechanism.
In a world of incomplete proration, false authorship may be a response that allows the production of research to remain efficient in the face of a reward system that promotes excessive and inefficient coauthorship.
The serious diseconomies that seem a likely result from excessive coauthorship may be avoided if apparent increases in coauthorship are not real--in other words, if false authorship arises to take advantage of the skewed reward system.