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Authorship is the coin of scholarship and some researchers are minting a lot. We searched Scopus for authors who had published more than 72 papers (the equivalent of one paper every 5 days) in any one calendar year between 2000 and 2016, a figure that many would consider implausibly prolific 1 . We found more than 9,000 individuals, and made every effort to count only full papers articles, conference papers, substantive comments and reviews not editorials, letters to the editor and the like. We hoped that this could be a useful exercise in understanding what scientific authorship means.