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Equal co‑authorship practices: review and recommendations

Hosseini, Mohammad orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-2385-985X (2020) Equal co‑authorship practices: review and recommendations. Science and engineering ethics, 26 . pp. 1133-1148. ISSN 1353-3452

There has been an increase in the number of journal articles that are co-authored by researchers who claim to have made equal contributions. This growth has sparked discussions in the literature, especially within medical journals. To extend the debate beyond medical disciplines and support journal editors in forming an opinion, the current review collates and explores published viewpoints about so-called Equal Co-authorship (EC) practices. The Web of Science core database was used to identify publications that mention and discuss EC. Within the limited number of publications that were found on the Web of Science database, the most cited item was used to trace other papers that discuss EC. In total, 39 papers (including articles and editorials) met the inclusion criteria. This review identifies four main themes within the sample including the growth of EC, challenges of attributing EC, guidelines and policies about EC and gender issues in the attribution of EC. Based on the survey and analysis of publications that discuss EC, this review provides recommendations regarding journal policy statements, and EC indicators. Those recommendations include: (1) journal policies should address EC; and (2) use should be made of available functionalities (CRediT, for example) to capture and indicate equal contributions.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Scientific authorship; Equal co-authorship; Equal contribution; Authorship attribution; Recognition
Subjects:Humanities > Philosophy
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Theology, Philosophy, & Music
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11948-020-00183-8
Copyright Information:© 2020 Springer
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:25169
Deposited On:16 Nov 2020 12:51 by Mohammad Hosseini . Last Modified 28 Jan 2021 17:09

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