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Order of editors #574
I have to give a class on scientific writing this term. Our topic today was Harvard-style/Chicago-style citation. I stumbled over the rule, that a document with four or more authors/editors must be cited using the name of the first author/editor only and then add "et al."
Giving the current order of spec editors, the correct citation would be "Berndzen, A. et al. XProc 3.0..."
Can we agree on this?
I don’t have a strong opinion on this.
There are some author list ordering conventions that vary among disciplines:
Also, I’m not sure how many people will adhere to Chicago style when citing the XProc specification. If they use APA style, they’ll cite everyone involved for up to five authors, at least at the first occurrence.
I suspect that people who cite the XProc spec will probably do so less from scientific papers, or they won’t adhere to a specific citation style. In my conference papers for example, I think I only provide URLs for specs or other collaboratively developed online material most of the time.
If we subscribe to the notion (expressed in some of the linked sources above) that the “supervisor” is often last in list, it is kind of fitting that Erik, who will translate the spec into a book and therefore needs to check that every single statement is understandable and consistent with the others, assumes this role in your proposal (for people who read the list like this), as does Norm in the alphabetical list.
I’m glad that I’m somewhere in the middle either way. If we decided on alphabetical editor order and if I came first, I’d suggest that we put the people who contributed most first instead. You contributed a lot to 3.0, Achim, and therefore I wouldn’t object putting you first. I certainly don’t object putting Norm first. So I’ll abstain, too. If Erik also abstains, you can decide it.
Do not know either. But the class I was referring to was in the Departement of Computer Science. The colleges from this department ask me to emphasis Harvard and Chicago style citation, because (according to them), all computer science journals require this style of citation.
So given our current order, you should be the supervising post-doc. ;-))