In some disciplines such as theoretical physics, it is common to have tens (or even) hundreds of co-authors, probably because of the essential role of many people to run highly advanced facility.

How is the list of publications in these disciplines judged? For a faculty appointment, how does the search committee realize the scientific contribution of the applicant?

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    Theoretical physics? Did you mean experimental physics? Usually the mean density of authors/paper in theoretical fields are low. – The Doctor Mar 21 '18 at 23:51