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https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-2021-20
https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-2021-20

  08 Jul 2021

08 Jul 2021

Review status: a revised version of this preprint was accepted for the journal GC and is expected to appear here in due course.

Clear, transparent, and timely communication for fair authorship decisions: A practical guide

Shahzad Gani1,2, Lukas Kohl3,4, Rima Baalbaki1, Federico Bianchi1, Taina M. Ruuskanen1, Olli-Pekka Siira1, Pauli Paasonen1, and Hanna Vehkamäki1 Shahzad Gani et al.
  • 1Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research/Physics, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
  • 3Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
  • 4Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research/Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Abstract. Authorship conflicts are a common occurrence in academic publishing, and they can have serious implications on the careers and well-being of the involved researchers, as well as the collective success of research organizations. In addition to not inviting relevant contributors to co-author a manuscript, the order of authors, as well as honorary, gift, and ghost authors are all widely recognized problems related to authorship. Unfair authorship practices disproportionately affect those lower in the power hierarchies – early career researchers, women, researchers from the Global South, and other minoritized groups. Here we propose an approach to preparing author lists based on clear, transparent, and timely communication. This approach is aimed to minimize the potential for late-stage authorship conflicts during manuscript preparation by facilitating timely and transparent decisions on potential co-authors and their responsibilities. Furthermore, our approach can help avoid imbalances between contributions and credits in published manuscripts by recording planned and executed responsibilities. We present authorship guidelines which also include a novel authorship form, along with the documentation of the formulation process for a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary center with more than 250 researchers. Other research groups, departments, and centers can use or build on this template to design their own authorship guidelines as a practical way to promote fair authorship practices.

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Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on gc-2021-20', Laurel Haak, 13 Jul 2021
    • AC1: 'Response to Reviewer 1', Shahzad Gani, 20 Sep 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on gc-2021-20', Rachel Bosch, 05 Sep 2021
    • AC2: 'Response to RC2', Shahzad Gani, 20 Sep 2021

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on gc-2021-20', Laurel Haak, 13 Jul 2021
    • AC1: 'Response to Reviewer 1', Shahzad Gani, 20 Sep 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on gc-2021-20', Rachel Bosch, 05 Sep 2021
    • AC2: 'Response to RC2', Shahzad Gani, 20 Sep 2021

Shahzad Gani et al.

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In this article, we present authorship guidelines which also include a novel authorship form, along with the documentation of the formulation process for a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary center with more than 250 researchers. Our practical approach promotes fair authorship practices and by focusing on clear, transparent, and timely communication, helps avoid late-stage authorship conflict.
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