Preprint: “Transparency in Authors’ Contributions and Responsibilities to Promote Integrity in Scientific Publication”
The following preprint was recently shared on bioRxiv
Transparency In Authors’ Contributions And Responsibilities To Promote Integrity In Scientific Publication
National Academy of Sciences
Science Journals, American Association for the Advancement of Science
New England Journal of Medicine
American Geophysical Union
Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania
University of Chicago Press
Barbara Kline Pope
National Academies of Sciences
University of California, Berkeley and eLife
University of Utah and Journal of the American Chemical Society
Several authors’ employers are ORCID member organizations. Véronique Kiermer serves as Chair of the ORCID Board of Directors in a volunteer capacity.
First Posted Online: May. 20, 2017
In keeping with the growing movement in scientific publishing toward transparency in data and methods, we argue that the names of authors accompanying journal articles should provide insight into who is responsible for which contributions, a process should exist to confirm that the list is complete, clearly articulated standards should establish whether and when the contributions of an individual justify authorship credit, and those involved in the generation of scientific knowledge should follow these best practices. To accomplish these goals, we recommend that journals adopt common and transparent standards for authorship, outline responsibilities for corresponding authors, adopt the methodology for attributing contributions, include this information in article metadata, and encourage authors to use the digital persistent identifier ORCID. Furthermore, we suggest that research institutions have regular open conversations on authorship criteria and ethics and that funding agencies adopt ORCID and accept CRediT. Scientific societies should further authorship transparency by promoting these recommendations through their meetings and publications programs.
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