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My apologies if this question has already been posed. Say you have published a paper and you are the sole author of said paper. On your CV, are you considered a douche if put "sole author" and then list the publication? Or should I just put "Author"

I am formatting my CV by chronology and under pubs I am not listing all of the authors, i.e. I am using the subheadings - First Author, Co-Author, etc...Just to make the CV more elegant, not to shortchange anybody - I just don't want a list of 15 names since it'll make my CV too jumbled. For instance:

October 2011
Sole-Author: Title, Journal

January 2012
First-Author: Title, Journal

February 2012
Co-Author: Title, Journal.

Just want to know since if I put First Author it implies there was another author and it'd be nice to be able put that I carried a project from beginning to end independently, ostensibly by putting "Sole Author"

Thanks!
 

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My apologies if this question has already been posed. Say you have published a paper and you are the sole author of said paper. On your CV, are you considered a douche if put "sole author" and then list the publication? Or should I just put "Author"

I am formatting my CV by chronology and under pubs I am not listing all of the authors, i.e. I am using the subheadings - First Author, Co-Author, etc...Just to make the CV more elegant, not to shortchange anybody - I just don't want a list of 15 names since it'll make my CV too jumbled. For instance:

October 2011
Sole-Author: Title, Journal

January 2012
First-Author: Title, Journal

February 2012
Co-Author: Title, Journal.

Just want to know since if I put First Author it implies there was another author and it'd be nice to be able put that I carried a project from beginning to end independently, ostensibly by putting "Sole Author"

Thanks!
I think you need to do the CV in a standard format. There is a full name form, as well as an et. al. form. For the et al. form they would include the first few names. Obviously, if your name is in the first 1-3 names, it can go by either format. If it's a 10-author paper and you're No. 7, then the et. al. format may not suite you and you'll want to list everyone. There are ways to shorten thing, such as formats where only first and middle initials are given and only the surname is fully written out.

Note: do not rearrange co-author orders to put yourself first, if indeed you are the second-listed of the co-authors. You can note that you are co-author with asterisks/daggers or some other symbol and then footnote it under the publication.

Listing all authors in a compact format does not make your CV jumbled. If you're worried you're name will get lost in the fray, as it were, you can make it bold to make it stand out.
 
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Hey, thanks for the feedback!

I made things work using the conventional format as you suggested and think it looks pretty good. Plus, I don't have to put "sole author" on this one paper I am kinda proud of since my name is the only one there and the reader can hopefully figure out themselves.

Thanks again!
 

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Really? You didn't even have a PI that attached his/her name into the publication? If you had multiple authors, just write "mercaptovizadeh, et. al." except if you're not the first author you should be writing all the names.