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I was surfing online about academic authorship and I stumbled upon this Wikipedia article.
According to the article there is a difference in fields on how the authorship order is handled. For example:
In mathematics, the authors are usually listed in alphabetical order (this is the so-called Hardy-Littlewood Rule)
In Computer Science in general the principal contributor is the first in the author list. However, the practice of putting the principal investigator last in the author list has increasingly become an accepted standard across most areas in science and engineering.
Obviously there is a difference on author listing between difference fields. Can you confirm please?
Is there a difference on how the authorship is handled for different types of publications within the same field.
So for the case of Computer Science, would the "principal contributor is the first in the author list" apply the same way to a journal, conference, poster?