I am wondering what others thought of including a second-authored article being included in an external reviewer file for tenure review in the health sciences. This is my second tenure review, since I transferred institutions, and my tenure did not transfer from my original institution where I was granted tenure.

I can include five articles in my external review application. For one of my main areas of research, my collaborator and I provide equal leadership, so we generally switch between first and second authors. The article from our work that I would like to include has me as the second author, not first. Do others believe that it would be strange for a reviewer to see a second-authors publication included in a file?

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    Is it possible to include a comment in a summary of the articles, which highlights that you made an equal contribution? I certainly wouldn't think that it would be held against you because this one fell into the alternate rotation. But then, I wouldn't even think it would be held against you if you were the Nth author and your student was the primary author. Disclaimer: I'm an industry researcher, not a tenured or tenure-track professor, so I haven't seen this first-hand. Thinking of how this would apply for, say, a fellow application. – Fred Douglis Apr 18 '17 at 16:43
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    This all depends on your area. In some areas, author lists are almost exclusively alphabetical. What area do you work in? – Wolfgang Bangerth Apr 19 '17 at 3:42
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    Thanks for the comments! My work is in the health sciences. We typically do not list authors alphabetically, but by amount of contribution. I am able to send a short (3pg) summary of my work, so I may just put a footnote in there about equal contribution. Thanks for the feedback! – Nicole Ruggiano Apr 19 '17 at 12:01
  • I think it would depend. In some experimental fields, if you are at a top school, it would be unusual to have much first author at all (grad students do the work). – guest Jan 27 at 4:40

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