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What rules determine authorship on publications? PDF Print E-mail

The Vancouver Protocol is internationally recognised as the standard for determining authorship on publications.

The Vancouver Protocol was first described by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors and is now applied across all disciplines in the world's top universities.  The principles of the Vancouver Protocol are simple...

The Vancouver Protocol states that in order to be credited as an author, each and every author on a publication needs to have been involved in the:

Note that the Vancouver Protocol describes what constitutes authorship but does not consider how to allocate author order.

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1.  Conception and design, or analysis and interpretation of data

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2.  Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content

AND

3.  Final approval of the version to be published.

Note the "AND"s here.  It isn’t enough to have done just one or two of these things – a legitimate author would need to be involved in all three to be acknowledged as an author.  Simple!