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Science  02 Aug 2019:
Vol. 365, Issue 6452, pp. 426-429
DOI: 10.1126/science.365.6452.426

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  • RE: Named nonhumans crossing the line
    • Zhiwen Hu, Professor, School of Computer and Information Engineering, Zhejiang Gongshang University, Hangzhou 310018, China.
    • Other Contributors:
      • Jian Zhang, Dr., School of Electronic Science and Applied Physics, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei 230009, China.
      • Yongfeng Huang, Professor, Department of Electronic Engineering&Beijing National Research Center for Information Science and Technology,Tsinghua University
      • Liang Chen, Professor, Computer Science Department, University of Northern British Columbia, BC V2N4Z9, Canada.
      • Chuhan Wu, Dr., Department of Electronic Engineering&Beijing National Research Center for Information Science and Technology,Tsinghua University
      • Zhongliang Yang, Dr., Department of Electronic Engineering&Beijing National Research Center for Information Science and Technology,Tsinghua University

    Named nonhumans crossing the line

    Zhiwen Hu 1,†, Jian Zhang 2,†, Yongfeng Huang 3,*, Liang Chen 4, Chuhan Wu 3,†, Zhongliang Yang 3,†

    1 School of Computer and Information Engineering, Zhejiang Gongshang University, Hangzhou 310018, China.
    2 School of Electronic Science and Applied Physics, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei 230009, China.
    3 Department of Electronic Engineering & Beijing National Research Center for Information Science and Technology, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China.
    4 Computer Science Department, University of Northern British Columbia, BC V2N4Z9, Canada.
    *Corresponding author. Email: yfhuang@tsinghua.edu.cn. †Z. Hu, J. Zhang, C. Wu, and Z. Yang contributed equally to this work.

    Abstract:
    Miscellaneous nonhumans with anthropomorphic names are routinely credited as solo authors, coauthors and contributors in scientific publications. Such prosocial behaviors against social norms may disrupt the present-day canon of publication ethics, and further challenge inception architecture on augmentation of human abilities in a hybrid society.

    One Sentence Summary:
    The increase in the crediting of nonhumans in scientific journals unsettles the canon of publication ethics.

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    Ubiquity of prosociality
    Human beings have congenital preferences to cooperate with one another, even when they are not incentivized by obvious...

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    Competing Interests: None declared.

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