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Title Eliminate a Figure, eliminate an Author?
Long Title Eliminate a Figure, eliminate an Author?
Contributor/Contact Dale J. Benos, PhD (benos@physiology.uab.edu)
Contributor Details Dale J. Benos, PhD
Chairman of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
CTSA Alabama
Case Study Provided A manuscript was submitted to a journal. There were three authors: the first author was a postdoctoral fellow working with the senior (third) author, and the second author was a technician in the same laboratory. All three individuals signed a mandatory submission form, a requirement of that journal, attesting that they each contributed to the work. The paper was reviewed favorably. The only comment made was to remove one figure. The authors complied with this request. However, when the revised manuscript was resubmitted, the technician’s name had been dropped from the list of authors. Both the postdoctoral fellow and the senior author signed a Change of Authorship form, but the technician refused to sign. The senior author argued that the only contribution the technician made was performing the experiment in the figure that the reviewers’ asked to be removed. What should be done?
Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership Topics No Data acquisition_management_sharing and ownership Topics
Mentor and Trainee Responsibilities Topics No mentor and trainee responsibilities topics
Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship Topics
The significance of authorship,
Authorship assignment,
Dealing with controversies that arise in authorship,
Scientific responsibilities of authors,
Addressing compliance with ethical standards within articles
Peer Review Topics
Responding to reviewers,
Reviewer roles in ensuring RCR,
Editorial responsibilities
Collaborative Science Topics
Working well with others,
Dealing with challenges in collaborative relationships
Research Misconduct Topics No research misconduct topics
Conflicts of Interest, Law and Policy Topics No conflicts of interest_law_and policy topics
Human Subjects

Citation Benos DJ, Fabres J, Famer J, Gutierrez JP, Hennessy K, Kosek D, Lee JH, Olteanu D, Russell T, Shaikh F, and Wang K. Ethics and scientific publication. Advances in Physiology Education 29: 59-74, 2006.
URL http://advan.physiology.org/cgi/content/full/29/2/59
RCR Keyword Research Paper, Collaboration, Lab Partners, Peer Review, Manuscript, Journal, Reviewer, Post-doc
Other RCR Keywords Technician; Mandatory Submission Form; Change of Authorship Form; Authorship Conflicts; Authorship Responsibilities; Collaborative Relationships
Case Difficulty Quick
Type of Case

Source for Topic Areas Du Bois, J., & Dueker, J. (2009). Teaching and Assessing the Responsible Conduct of Research: A Delphi Consensus Panel Report. Journal of Research Administration, 40(1), 49-70.


Topic revision: r3 - 13 Nov 2011 - 11:54:58 - MarkYarborough
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