My Name is among tens of authors of a paper on global health.

For the purpose of my CV update, I need to show my name without showing the names of all authors of the paper.

My preferred style is JAMA, which shows the names of the first 3 authors followed by 'et al'.

Would the following format be appropriate, at least for my CV, when My Name is published in the middle of a long authors' list ?

First Author, Co-Author, My Name, et al

If so, will this (customized) format ever cause any confusion for any group of audience?

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    I typically see people list all the authors and bold their own to make it easy to find in the list. I don't see a reason for hiding the other authors since page length for a CV shouldn't be a problem. Aug 4, 2014 at 21:24
  • Thank you all for your comments. FYI, I have been lucky to have a last name which starts with A. For now, in my updated CV, I have used this (customized) style: First Author, Co-Authors, My Name, et al.
    – Al Art
    Aug 8, 2014 at 17:12
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    Just out of curiosity; Why do you need to show your name in the CV? If a paper is listed under publications, it should be clear that et al includes you. Sep 20, 2014 at 8:33

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The bolding trick suggested by others is fine up to a point, but eventually it will get to be silly.

I'm coming from a nuclear and particle physics background and have papers with hundreds of coauthors. So I didn't take care that my name showed up. I just built my publication list using bibtex in the standard format for my discipline and assumed that readers who wanted to check that I was on those papers know how to use InSpire (the go-to publication database for these disciplines).

That means that my name appears on my publication list only a few times, but it is also there in big letters at the top of the page.

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    This is a good point. If it is in your list of publications, well, you are an author, and the actual positions beyond second are usually not so relevant.
    – Davidmh
    Aug 5, 2014 at 0:47
  • unless you are faculty ... then last is relevant as well. In some fields it signals the PI. Feb 21, 2015 at 5:00

If I understand correctly you suggest adding your name as third regardless of where it occurs (later than third). I would not recommend such a solution since it may be thought of as inflating your own importance (assuming author order reflects that). Even if such a solution would be acceptable within a specific community, one has to consider how it can be construed by others. In my CV I have set my name in bold face and I list all author names in a reference. This way my "contribution" becomes reasonably clear even at a glance.

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    maybe im misunderstanding, but what happens with the papers that have over 100 author names, maybe in physics for example. Would you list all of them? Aug 5, 2014 at 11:22
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    Yes, consortia papers and papers with very large numbers of authors may be a specific problem. There are no patented solutions but one is perhaps, and only as a suggestion, to use a format like: "Smith and 41 others (My Name, author number 35)" or something along those lines. Where one draws the line is arbitrary and probably depends on the number of such papers in ones publication list. Aug 5, 2014 at 12:14

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