Reply [to Comment on “Tu Que?” by Emile A. Okal]



My proposal to limit the number of authors per paper in AGU journals to five had a very serious purpose. By limiting the number of authors, the status of each individual coauthor would be raised, and the sense of responsibility of each author would be heightened. By making coauthorship slightly more exclusive, the pressure on an author to a d d as a coauthor everyone with whom he had discussed his results prior to writing the paper would be reduced. Furthermore, the coauthors would feel a greater responsibility to assist the first author in preparing a suitable manuscript. This reviewer receives too many papers that are not quite ready for submittal but were submitted anyway. The coauthors would also gain more credit for their work because the reference list could include each coauthor's name rather than the “et al.” that is becoming all too standard now.