An "author" is generally considered to be someone who has made substantive intellectual contributions to a published study. Authorship of scientific literature continues to have important academic, social, and financial implications.
An author must take responsibility for at least one component of the work, should be able to identify who is responsible for each other component, and should ideally be confident in their co-authors' ability and integrity. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
The ICJME has recommended the following criteria for authorship; these criteria are appropriate for journals that distinguish authors from other contributors.
Authorship credit should be based on 1) substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; 3) final approval of the version to be published; and 4) agreed to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved. Authors should meet conditions 1, 2, 3, and 4.
We request and publish information about the contributions of each person named as having participated in a submitted study. All persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship, and all those who qualify should be listed.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an acknowledgments section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chairperson who provided only general support.
The corresponding author is the point of contact for all communication about the paper, before and after publication. It is corresponding author's responsibility to regularly and promptly inform all co-authors about the progress of the manuscript through the editorial review process and about other matters arising in relation the manuscript. Corresponding author must ensure that matters arising in relation the manuscript are dealt with promptly.
Submission of a manuscript to Edorium Journals is taken to mean that all the listed authors have agreed to all of the contents, including the author list and author contributions statements. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to ensure that i) all authors agree to the content of the manuscript, ii) all authors agree to the author list and order of authors in the list, iii) all authors approved the manuscript submission to the journal. Corresponding author is also responsible for managing all communication between the journal and all co-authors, before and after publication.
Change in Authorship
The change in authorship can be:
- Addition of extra author before publication
- Removal of author before publication
- Addition of extra author after publication
- Removal of author after publication
- Change in order of authors
In line with COPE guidelines, Edorium Journals requires that any changes to the author list after submission, such as addition or deletion of authors or change in the order of the authors, needs to be approved in writing by every author of the manuscript. Such written confirmation must be submitted to the editorial office before changes in authorship for a manuscript can be made.
All the requests for change in authorship will be processed according to COPE guidelines given in the following COPE flowcharts.
Addition of extra author before publication
Removal of author before publication
Addition of extra author after publication
Removal of author after publication
It is the corresponding author's responsibility to ensure that all authors confirm that they agree with the proposed changes. Journal Editors cannot investigate or adjudicate disputes about authorship of a manuscript, before or after publication. If there is disagreement amongst the authors concerning authorship and a satisfactory agreement cannot be reached, the authors must contact their institution(s) for a resolution.
See here how to assign authorship credits.