Why do most people follow these rules about evaluating a publication record?

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Why do most people follow these heuristics?

a) the first authorship indicates you were primarily responsible for the research,
b) and the research was of high quality considering that it was published in what is considered the top choice outlet for empirical research in your field,
c) and you have achieved what is considered by most researchers to be the highest benchmark in your field when it comes to publishing empirical research.
a) you have the ability to conduct empirical research that is of suitable quality to be published in a peer-reviewed journal,
b) the number of first authorships indicates the level of your ability to conduct different empirical research projects, and
c) the quality/prestige of those journals indicates the general level of quality of the research that you conducted.

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