Specify when multiple shared first-authors or selectively modifying a given citation
Nowaday, there are more and more issues with sharing of first-authorship. In our field, it is recommended to cite all first-authors.
Here are two articles:
1. Dohner K., Ramos-Nascimento A., Bialy D., Anderson F., Hickford-Martinez A., Rother F., Koithan T., Rudolph K., Buch A., Prank U., et al. Importin alpha1 is required for nuclear import of herpes simplex virus proteins and capsid assembly in fibroblasts and neurons. PLoS Pathog. 2018;14:e1006823. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1006823
2. Schilling M, Bulli L, Weigang S, Graf L, Naumann S, Patzina C, Wagner V, Bauersfeld L, Goujon C, Hengel H, Halenius A, Ruzsics Z, Schaller T, Kochs G. Human MxB protein is a Pan-herpesvirus restriction factor. Journal of Virology. 2018;92:e01056-18. doi: 10.1128/JVI.01056-18
In the first one, the journal indicate that Dohner K., Ramos-Nascimento A. and Bialy D share first-authorship. Therefore, it should be cited as such: Dohner, Ramos-Nascimento, Bialy et al., 2018
The second one indicates that only Schilling M is the first author. Therefore, it should be cited as: Schilling et al. 2018
It would be nice to cite all first-authors according to the journal indication. Alternatively, specifically selecting a given citation and indicate to cite the first two or three authors for that reference, would be a solution.