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What are some, say five, examples of publications with the highest recorded number of co-authors ever published, and in each of these how many co-authors were involved?


A good survey can be found in this article. In short: within approximately the last 5 years, large international collaborations have started to exceed 1000 authors per paper. The largest authorship papers are all LHC papers at present (with 3000+ authors), but other collaborations, particularly in biomedicine, may top that in the future.

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