Having a list of all the authors makes it easy for the journal, as it tells readers who did the work and it ensures that the right people get the credit, and also take responsibility, for the research.
To ensure that the principles laid down by editors are not breached and by-lines reflect who really did the work, both editors and investigators feel that in order to avoid this misrepresentation which is a form of research misconduct, authorship in written form is necessary.
JRMC adopts the following policies regarding authorship:-
Authorship: Authors should state their contribution to the project. They should provide a description of what each contributed, by signing & mentioning the task done on the authorship declaration form. We publish this information in print. As per ICJME guidelines, an author must have,
- Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
- Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
- Final approval of the version to be published; AND
- Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.
If an contributor doesn’t fulfil this criteria, he/she should not sign the authorship form as an author.
Corresponding author: The person who receives the reviewers’ comments, the proofs, etc. and whose contact details are printed on the article so that readers can request reprints or contact the research group.
Acknowledgements: We permit acknowledgement of contributions to a research project that do not merit authorship. The ICMJE guidelines state: ‘All others who contributed to the work who are not authors should be named in the Acknowledgments, and what they did should be described’. All those who are listed in this way should be aware of it.
Order of authors: The ICMJE guidelines state that the order of authorship, should be ‘a joint decision of the coauthors’. Authors should ideally make these decisions before starting to write up the project.
Number of authors: There is no limit to this but since we use the Vancouver style of referencing names of only the first six authors will be available whenever anyone cites their article.
Fill the authorship declaration form according to this policy.