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Authorship Policy

Order of Authorship

Authors are often listed in alphabetical order.

Any changes in authorship (order, addition, deletion) should be discussed among and approved by all authors.

Any requests for such changes after initial manuscript submission should be explained in writing to the editor in a letter signed by all authors or an email with copy to all authors.

Requests to add or remove authors after publication are rarely justified.

Corresponding Author – Roles and Responsibilities

  • Serves as primary correspondent for all co-authors.
  • If the manuscript is accepted, the corresponding author is responsible for:
    • Ensuring accuracy of the manuscript, author byline, funding notice, conflict of interest statement, etc.
    • Reviewing edited manuscript/proof, consulting co-authors as needed to compile one set of changes
    • Serving as primary correspondent on any post-publication communications, including corrections

Non-Author Contributors

Contributions to the following are recommended to be recognized in the acknowledgements (permission should be obtained before inclusion):

  • General advice, review, guidance, supervision
  • Data collection or analysis
  • Research or technical assistance
  • Writing, editorial, or bibliographic assistance
  • Clerical assistance or manuscript preparation
  • Financial, material, and grant support