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CRSU Co-Authorship Policy

CRSU staff often make significant contributions to research projects; therefore, co-authorship of scientific journal articles is generally expected on studies where substantive input on design/analysis and/or interpretation is provided. Our policy is to request inclusion as co-authors on the final publication.

The following 4 criteria are based on the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors ICMJE authorship policy:

  1. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  2. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  3. Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  4. Agreement 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.

In addition to being accountable for the parts of the work he or she has done, an author should be able to identify which co-authors are responsible for specific other parts of the work. In addition, authors should have confidence in the integrity of the contributions of their co-authors.

If CRSU staff have supported the project but do not meet authorship criteria above, recognition in the Acknowledgements section is requested. CRSU staff also retain the right to defer authorship where concern exists regarding inappropriate use of results. 

For more information on ICMJE authorship policy, please visit: http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/roles-and-responsibilities/defining-the-role-of-authors-and-contributors.html.

We recommend downloading a copy of this policy for your records.