Committee on Publication Ethics Guidelines on How to Handle Authorship Disputes

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Committee on Publication Ethics Guidelines on How to Handle Authorship Disputes

What is this about?

This document presents a guide for young researchers on the area of authorship, which many people agree is one of the more confused areas. It helps new researchers prevent and resolve authorship problems. In particular it provides:

  • suggestions for good authorship practice that should reduce the incidence of such dilemmas,
  • advice on what to do when authorship problems do arise, and
  • a glossary of key concepts in authorship, with some reading lists and websites for those who wish to take this further.

Why is this important?

Many people (both editors and investigators) feel that the misrepresentation of authorship is a form of research misconduct, and that honesty in reporting science should extend to authorship. They argue that, if scientists are dishonest about their relationship to their work, this undermines confidence in the reporting of the work itself.

For whom is this important?

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