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This is a follow up to the question What is the point of listing 1000 authors for a single scientific paper?, I'm just curious.

Supposed I were the 900th co-author in a paper with 1000 authors. How should I list this paper in my CV? Obviously, I don't want to use 3 pages of my CV just to list the details of a single paper.

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FirstAuthor, N. et al ? – la femme cosmique Feb 17 at 11:50
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The quick answer might be to look up the CV of a CERN researcher...

From outside physics, when compiling institutional publication lists, I've occasionally dealt with a 100+ author entry (often a major report rather than a paper, but the same problem holds). As our motive for listing this is to note the local author(s), it's a similar situation to the CV.

In this case, I tend to do something like:

Able, J., Anderson, M., Archer, C., [and 78 others, including Smith, Q.] (2015) A very tedious paper, J. Irrep. Res. 243(54)

or

Able, J., Anderson, M., Archer, C., [et al, including Smith, Q.] (2015) A very tedious paper, J. Irrep. Res. 243(54)

where Q. Smith is the local author we care about. It's probably not a very theoretically sound citation style, but it seems to work!

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Personally, I think the "and 78 others" approach for major reports, because the "et al" doesn't convey if there are lots of others co-authors or just a few more. Also, I've already seen it once or twice in a CV. – gaborous Feb 17 at 16:48
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@gaborous Yes, I think I'd agree it's a bit clearer that way. – Andrew Feb 17 at 16:50
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+1 for the citation of J. Irrep. Res. but note that it has been succeeded by Ann. Improb. Res. – Nate Eldredge Feb 17 at 19:34
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"Theoretical soundness" of citation styles? – immibis Feb 18 at 3:41
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Do you know if it is possible to create citations in this format using bibtex or biblatex? – Federico Poloni Feb 18 at 17:00

In addition to the approach given by @Andrew, many journals will now push you toward an "consortium" authorship listing that simplifies the CV statement. In this style, all but a few distinguished authors are listed as a consortium, whose members are specified elsewhere. Thus:

  • Frankenstein, V., Jeckyll, A., Moreau, D., and the Parahuman Genetics Consortium (1898), Sequence of the Morlock Genome, J. Mad Sci., 10(3). (Member of Parahuman Genetics Consortium)
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What if you are not a permanent member of the PHGC? I.e., one of our students (Computer Science) did a two-month internship at CERN, and so became a coauthor of a physics paper, being involved in streamlining data analysis for an instrument. – vonbrand Feb 17 at 23:29
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@vonbrand When listing a consortium authorship, you are not referring to an external site, but to a list elsewhere (e.g., in the acknowledgements) that documents all the consortium members to be credited as authors. Thus, a person may be a consortium author on one paper, but not on another paper from the "same" consortium. – jakebeal Feb 18 at 1:34
    
How should one implement this in a CV? – Tommi Brander Feb 18 at 10:17
    
@TommiBrander Just like I showed in my example. – jakebeal Feb 18 at 12:20
    
So, you would not have the members listed elsewhere in a CV? That makes sense. – Tommi Brander Feb 18 at 13:41

What I do is use either Smith J et al. (2012), Journal of Awesomeness, 5(3) or The Whatever Consortium (2012), Journal of Awesomeness, 5(3).

My reasoning is that people understand that if it is on my CV then I am an author and the specific order/amount of authors is not important (given that I am not first or last). I have never run into any issues with this approach.

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I think in some fields second author > third author > ... (In my field, they're all equal, thankfully!) – Kimball Feb 17 at 20:57
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@Kimball I am confident that in no field is there a noticeable difference in importance between author 90 and author 900. I would be surprised if last author matters for these massive consortia. – StrongBad Feb 17 at 21:37
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In some fields, last author=the one who got the funding! – GEdgar Feb 17 at 22:55
    
@GEdgar @Kimball if the author is sufficiently close to the start she could be listed by name, and the same goes for the end (e.g. Smith J, ..., Frost R (2012)). – Bitwise Feb 17 at 23:59

I am a member of a big collaboration. The collaboration produces both "whole author list" papers for key results and "short author list" papers written by a subset of members.

In my CV I have a separate section for "selected full author list" publications, where I only list those to which I feel I have contributed directly.

A. Aardvark, et al [Super Science Collaboration, including P. Myself]. Observing stuff and taking names. J. Rad Sci. 12(98) 2016.

It feels dishonest to list them all.

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If there's no one researcher among the 1,000 who stands out, no specific PIs etc. and you are John Smith, then:

Insectophiliac Consortium, The [1,000 researchers including Smith, J.] (2015) Fruit Fly Buzz Demystified, J. Reckl. End. 123(45). Full author listing available at http://foo/bar.html

... maybe even without the comment about the full author listing.

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