Heartland "500" Still Co-Authors

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As most of the blogosphere will remember our Heartland 500 story from the other week, I thought it was time for a quick update.

For those who don’t remember, take a quick read of this quote and you’ll get the picture:

I view that the inclusion of my name in such a list without my permission or consensus has damaged my professional reputation as an atmospheric scientist.”

That quote is from Dr. Ming Cai, Associate Professor, Department of Meteorology, Florida State University. Dr. Ming Cai (along with many other researchers) was none to pleased being listed as a “co-author” on a paper produced by Dennis Avery, Senior Fellow at the Heartland Institute, titled “500 Scientists Whose Research Contradicts Man-Made Global Warming Scares.”

A quick click through to the Heartland website today still finds that Dr. Ming Cai and his colleagues are still listed as “co-authors” of Avery’s paper.

Just for the Heartland Institute and Avery’s sake here is a reminder of the definition of “co-author”

A collaborating or joint author.

Seems simple enough to me. Am I missing something here in what it means to be a “co-author?”

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