I wrote 4 chapters of a book, and three more authors wrote other chapters. I was expecting that each chapter would reference the author who wrote it, but the editor says it is customary not to do this, so the book will have us four authors as collective authors of the book, without any reference to each chapter.

Is this really customary?

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It seems so to me. YMMV by the field, but I can't recall reading any books cited like that, except for compilations of essays where the "chapters" are really papers that are functionally distinct from each other.

Presumably you read a lot of works in your field. Go grab 10 books with multiple authors and see if any of them have a capter-by-chapter authorship breakdown.

  • Thank you but that does not answer my question. Often authors do work together (I have done books like that) and it is not feasible to divide the book given the high interaction. In this case, we worked completely separately on each chapter. I have no clue on looking at another book how they have written it, it may be by interacting a lot (which is the majority of the times) in which case it is normal that the book should be authored by all the authors collectively.
    – user
    Apr 15, 2017 at 20:44

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