Does using "et al." in reference citations make co-authors feel underappreciated?
While first authors definitely deserve more credit (their responsibility is much higher than that of co-authors) but I've always felt this slight tinge of sadness when using "et al." in my citations. More journals have started using author contribution statements, and some even allow multiple first authorship, but the practice of using "et al." is quite pervasive. What are your thoughts on this? Can you relate to this meme?