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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 149-157

The rules and realities of authorship in biomedical journals: A cautionary tale for aspiring researchers

1 Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi, UAE
2 Department of Medicine, Hamad Medical Corporation and Weill Cornell Medical College, Doha, Qatar
3 Department for Pediatrics, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, UAE
4 Division of Transplant Surgery, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Salem A Beshyah
Institute of Medicine, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijmbs.ijmbs_62_18

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Medical research and publications are not only important for scientific development but also vital for the professional advancement and individual academic progress. Ranking is extremely important for appointments and leadership roles. Authorship is central to the credit and responsibility in medical research and appropriate assignment of authorship carries ethical, legal as well as intellectual implications. Despite being globally established for many years, deviation from the “International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)” criteria for authorship is still seen in varying orders of magnitude and in different shapes and forms. In this communication, we revisit the latest ICMJE criteria for authorship, highlight the increasingly recognized forms of potential of authorship misconduct (intentional or unintentional) and reflect on some emerging concepts and practices in authorship attribution. The target readers are primarily young and aspiring researchers who may err due to lack of experience but also veterans who may turn complacent for political reasons.

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