January 21, 2022

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


Marcia McNutt
National Academy of Sciences

Monica Bradford
Science Journals, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Jeffrey Drazen
New England Journal of Medicine

Brooks Hanson
American Geophysical Union

Bob Howard
SAGE Publishing

Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Véronique Kiermer

Michael Magoulias
University of Chicago Press

Emilie Marcus
Cell Press

Barbara Kline Pope
National Academies of Sciences

Randy Schekman
University of California, Berkeley and eLife

Sowmya Swaminathan
Nature Research

Peter Stang
University of Utah and Journal of the American Chemical Society

Inder Verma
Salk Institute


Several authors’ employers are ORCID member organizations. Véronique Kiermer serves as Chair of the ORCID Board of Directors in a volunteer capacity.


doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/140228
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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8 pages; PDF.

See Also: CRediT (Contributor Roles Taxonomy)

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