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In applied math it seems to be more common to list authors according to their contribution rather than alphabetically. This being the case, in the instance where there are more than 2 authors, I was wondering if anybody was aware of a paper where the byline 'the first and second author contributed equally to the work' is included?

This question is similar to here, however I understand that the convention is different for applied math.

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Do you have specific examples which justify the statement "In applied math it seems to be more common to list authors according to their contribution rather than alphabetically"? I'm not sure this is true at all, except when the applied mathematicians are working with non-mathematicians who really care about author ordering, eg physicists or economists. –  Vidit Nanda Apr 29 at 22:48
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In my experience, authors are listed alphabetically in applied math as well. –  Christopher A. Wong Apr 29 at 22:49
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"An analysis of journal articles with at least one U.S. based author shows that nearly half were jointly authored. Of these, more than 75% listed the authors in alphabetical order. In pure mathematics, nearly all joint papers (over 90%) list authors alphabetically." ams.org/profession/leaders/culture/CultureStatement04.pdf Thus it seems that applied maths would likely be drawing the 90% from pure maths down to 75%. –  Conder Apr 29 at 23:01
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@ViditNanda: For the record, economists list authors alphabetically just as mathematicians do. –  Steven Landsburg Apr 30 at 0:29
    
@StevenLandsburg This is false. Proof: evernote.com/shard/s24/sh/9fa4304a-9404-43ee-b647-44b775c5da86/… –  Igor Rivin Apr 30 at 13:08

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