The role of the lead author (case #16-20)
An author continues to provide new editorial as well as substantial content comments on consecutive versions of a paper, and currently disagrees with the content of the final version of the paper. The other eight authors have approved the final version of the paper prepared and circulated by the lead author. The lead wants to resolve the situation by suggesting to any authors who do not agree with him that they are removed from the authorship list and acknowledged for any key contributions. Is this handling by the lead author appropriate? What is the role and responsibilities of a lead author more generally?
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