co-first authorship question

Discussion in 'ERAS, SOAP, and NRMP Match' started by euphio, Aug 5, 2008.

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  1. euphio

    euphio 2+ Year Member

    Jul 29, 2007
    For a paper in which you are listed as an equally contributing co-first author, but you're listed 2nd (alphabetically), is it acceptable to enter yourself first on the ERAS authorship line to make sure that PDs understand your contribution to the paper?
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  3. Samoa

    Samoa 10+ Year Member

    Feb 14, 2002
    Yes, when you're a co-first author, each of you lists your own name first on your own CV, noting that the other author is a co-first author.
  4. atsai3

    atsai3 10+ Year Member

    May 15, 2002
    If the publication officially lists co-first authorship, for example:;279/24/25134

    then on your CV you would replicate the citation. It would not be convention, using the first example above, for Liu to reverse the order of their names when listing the publication in her (his?) CV. It would, however, be appropriate for Liu in her CV to include two asterisks (*) or hash marks (#) next to the names of Zhang and Liu and then at the end of the citation write something like (#, authorship equally shared).

    This is the appropriate notation as described, for example, on the Nature web site:

  5. Samoa

    Samoa 10+ Year Member

    Feb 14, 2002
    That notation is accurate, if citing the article. But I have a formal document on CV standards for a particular academic institution, that says it should be done as I noted above.
  6. DJW

    DJW Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 18, 2005
    Hello all,

    Just bumping this thread as I have the exact same question and cannot find any other information. Does anyone else have an opinion on how to go about this on ERAS where, unlike a regular word document CV, you cannot list yourself first and also denote that the second name is the co-author?

    I appreciate any insight or suggestions.
  7. diosa428

    diosa428 SDN Angel 5+ Year Member

    Feb 24, 2005
    When I entered the authors on my paper, I put a * next to myself and the other co-author and then at the end of the list of the authors, I put *co-first author (I guess maybe I'll change it to equally contributed to the manuscript).

    Like this:

    Robbins, T.*, Edwards, M.*, Jones, W., Smith, R. *co-first author

    I think that clarifies it well enough and I don't want to put my name first if it won't be like that on the publication, because if someone believes it's incorrect, then I don't want them to think I'm falsifying information.
  8. Nattoyum

    Nattoyum 2+ Year Member

    Apr 6, 2008
    I also have a publication on which I was co-author, but on the actual publication my name appears second. On the paper, it notes that the first two authors contributed equally to the work. On my ERAS, I listed the authors just as they appear on the paper, with my name second.... did I short-change myself by doing this? I did not comment at all on the fact that I was co-first-author.... I didn't even think to do that until I saw this post... and now it is too late! aggh! what can I do now? :( :(
  9. Pinkertinkle

    Pinkertinkle 2003 Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 16, 2003
    Not a big deal I would say. Second co first author isn't really much better than second author.
  10. aProgDirector

    aProgDirector Pastafarians Unite! SDN Advisor SDN Moderator 10+ Year Member

    Oct 11, 2006
    Really, folks. Don't take this the wrong way, but this is obsessing over nothing.

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