Collaboration sizes increase across all scientific disciplines, and Ecology is no exception to this trend. One of the problems emerging from this development is that it seems more and more difficult to remember all your coauthors. This recent erratum in Nature adds no less than five forgotten coauthors, in addition to correcting various names and funding sources.
It’s somewhat puzzling because of course all coauthors must have read the final manuscript, but then again, when one is busy publishing Nature papers on a daily basis, who has the time to check his/her own name? At least this author group noticed their mistakes pretty fast, would be interesting if this is because the forgotten authors read the article and remembered that they contributed? If that is so, it’s a bad sign for the readership coverage of Ecology Letters, because in the next example from EL, it took more than a year to note that some people were missing.
Ah well, better late than never, and still better than this example from an older post where two authors “forgot” to include the person who then became the last author of their paper 😉