I’ve just received an email from a colleague telling me (well, us) that our paper is now online.
I had totally forgotten that I was on the paper.
I looked at the paper, and had an “oh, yeah” moment – I did some of the analysis for them. This happens to me sometimes, I get asked to help with the analysis of data, and then the person comes back six months later with a further question. I don’t mind that, but in return I hope they don’t mind the blank expression on my face for half a minute as I desperately try and remember what the problem was. Or, in extreme cases, who they are.
Oh, and I can now add 4 names to my list of co-authors who I’ve never met. I’ve even got one paper for which I haven’t met any of my co-authors.