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1 RESPONSIBLE AUTHORSHIP Office for Research Protections The Pennsylvania State University Adapted from Scientific Integrity: An Internet-based course in the Responsible Conduct of Research at the University of California, San Diego.

2 Authorship and Research Integrity Publications serve many purposes: Exchange of information Documentation of being first with new ideas Evidence of productive use of research funds Record by which researchers are judged Leads to significant pressure to publish May cause disputes among members of the research team

3 Responsible Authorship When to publish What to publish Authorship and credit Authorship and responsibility No universal guidelines exist; very discipline dependent

4 Guidelines for Publication Widely cited guidelines for publication written by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Guidelines can be found at:

5 Guidelines for Publication Avoid misrepresentation in publications Authors responsible to publish accurate, complete, clear, and unbiased work Publish manuscripts that represent new and substantial findings Avoid fragmentary publication – dividing research findings into the smallest publishable units Avoid redundant manuscript submission & publication Submission of a paper provisionally gives the journal copyright of the work Readers may be misled into thinking the research represents two separate data sets Readers may be led to think that a study has been successfully repeated

6 Guidelines for Publication Criteria for Authorship Authors should: Make a substantial contribution to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data Write draft of the article or revise it critically for important intellectual content Provide final approval of the version to be published Agree to be named as author Avoid authorship disputes by discussing plans and criteria for authorship at the outset of collaboration

7 Guidelines for Publication Do not plagiarize! Always credit the work of others Be sure to cite sources Include all cited sources in the reference list and vice versa Obtain permission to include figures, models, graphs, etc.

8 Guidelines for Publication Acknowledge those who contribute to the research but do not qualify for authorship May provide space, financial support, materials, etc. Be sure permission to be acknowledged is granted State in the manuscript when research has been approved by institutional review committees Acknowledge / disclose in the manuscript any real or perceived conflicts of interest to avoid the appearance of any bias

9 Guidelines for Publication Adequately and accurately cite literature Include adequate references to document ideas Verify that referenced works are consistent with the ideas and information credited to them Cite original sources whenever possible Check the accuracy of citations so readers can locate referenced work

10 Guidelines for Publications Admission of error is generally perceived as a sign of integrity and concern for high standards; thus: Submit letter of erratum to the journal when minor errors are discovered in a manuscript Submit a letter of correction to the journal if unintentional errors are found that undermine part of the manuscript Submit a letter of retraction to the journal when unintentional errors or errors of misconduct are great enough to invalidate the entire manuscript

11 Authorship Principles Research is not complete until it has been reported Integrity in publication depends on objectivity and avoiding misrepresentation Authorship implies both credit and responsibility

12 Contact ORP Office for Research Protections The 330 Building Suite


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