In an article I'm co-authoring, I'm about to say the following:

... d is the number of articles authored by John Doe ...

But then I thought this would be better:

... d is the number of articles authored or co-authored by John Doe ...

Since I thought that the word 'authored' in the first sentence might imply that author John Doe is the sole author of all of the d articles. Am I right? or am I just being too meticulous since this is our first article?

  • It may help if you include "leading author" or "first author"...another term is "main author," which may not be the same as the first two. All these are clearly defined elsewhere...I've seen it like this: "He is a leading or co-author of X articles in peer-reviewed journals." – Jan May 21 at 7:45

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