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A Democratic Method and Index to Rationalize Authorship Decisions and Determine the Order of Authors

Version 1 : Received: 5 October 2018 / Approved: 9 October 2018 / Online: 9 October 2018 (09:45:12 CEST)

How to cite: Schmidt, T. A Democratic Method and Index to Rationalize Authorship Decisions and Determine the Order of Authors. Preprints 2018, 2018100181 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201810.0181.v1). Schmidt, T. A Democratic Method and Index to Rationalize Authorship Decisions and Determine the Order of Authors. Preprints 2018, 2018100181 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201810.0181.v1).

Abstract

Disputes on authorships or the order of authors on publications are among the most common conflicts in science, particularly where multi-author papers have become the norm. Here, I propose an adaptable and generalizable method to rationalize and democratize decisions about authorships, which can be applied in diverse scientific areas. In the process, the authors of a manuscript collect, discuss, score, and weight their contributions to the final manuscript. The decision process is assisted by a simple spreadsheet-based “authorship matrix”, which helps to break down the complexity of different contributions and their importance. The matrix generates a score s describing the percentage of the author’s total contributions and can be used to determine authorship and their order. The transparency and simplicity score s can reduce conflicts and thus increase productivity in collaborations.

Subject Areas

Authorship contributions, Authorship Score, Authorship Conflicts, First Author, Decision Making, Bibliometry

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