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Title: Principles of Authorship and Good Practice Tips
Authors: Aveling, Emma-Louise
Angell, Emma
Armstrong, Natalie
Brewster, Liz
Busby, Helen
Chew, Sarah
Dixon-Woods, Mary
Eborall, Helen
Jackson, Clare
Lotto, Robyn
Martin, Graham
Minion, Joel
Ozieranski, Piotr
Shaw, Liz
Sutton, Liz
Tarrant, Carolyn
Wilson, Sophie
Wobi, Fatimah
Wright, Jessica
First Published: Jan-2016
Publisher: University of Leicester
Citation: Principles of Authorship and Good Practice Tips, 2016
Abstract: As researchers in all fields are well aware, authoring academic papers is a vital part of our academic currency. Authorship is often used as an indication of academic ‘worth’, and thus allocation of authorship is often a contentious issue, particularly on collaborative projects. In SAPPHIRE, most of our papers arise from large research projects which often involve multiple researchers (academic staff and contracted research associates and assistants) in different roles – as principal investigators, co-investigators, data collectors, data analysts and project managers, not to mention all the other tasks involved in the actual drafting and re-drafting of reports and academic papers. Almost every paper we produce has, quite rightly, multiple authors. Keen to avoid the anxieties and potential for discord disagreements over authorship could generate, we recognised the need, as a research group, to have a more transparent and consistent approach to reaching these decisions. While a number of relevant authorship codes of conduct exist, including our own University’s Research Code of Conduct, we felt that as a group we would benefit from developing more detailed guidance for operationalizing such codes in a transparent, robust and ethically defensible way. So, we have embarked on a process of developing a set of ‘Authorship Principles’ and accompanying ‘Good Practice Tips’.
ISBN: 978-0-9933380-3-8
Version: Publisher Version
Type: Report
Rights: Copyright © University of Leicester, Department of Health Sciences, SAPPHIRE group, 2016. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( ), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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