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This webinar will discuss the concepts related to determining who should be listed as an author on a scholarly manuscript. While authorship is primarily recognition of contributions to a manuscript, authorship also has responsibilities that must be met. Although some of the concepts for determining who is an author is subjective, clear guidelines for objective determination of authorship will be presented and discussed. Detrimental research practices will also be discussed focusing on guest authorship, ghost authorship, gift authorship, and honorary authorship. Each of these detrimental research practices have negative impacts. The use of objective criteria to describe the contributions of authors will also be presented and discussed, specific the Contributor Roles Taxonomy (CRediT) that is used by some journals. Strategies to initiate discussions, early in the research process, on authorship are vital to assure that authorship disputes are minimized and to prevent detrimental research practices. Finally, the accountability that is required when authorship is awarded will be discussed. The program will end with open discussion of authorship practices with the opportunity for attendees to bring specific examples for discussion.
- Understand the principles of authorship.
- Understand the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors recommendations for defining the role of authors and contributors.
- Understand the concepts of guest authorship, ghost authorship, honorary authorship, and gift authorship.
- Understand the basics of the contributor roles taxonomy (CRediT).
Who will benefit most from this webinar?
This webinar applies to all researchers at all levels. Junior trainees, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral trainees, are the primary audience for the webinar; however, senior investigators, faculty, and research staff, will benefit from discussion of when authorship has been earned.