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    Stolen article

    At acceptance but before publication, we found article A submitted to journal A was highly similar to article B, published 5 months earlier in conference proceedings in journal B by another publisher. The abstracts were nearly identical, but the author lists and affiliations did not overlap. We asked the authors to explain this and they said article A is their own work, but it was inadvertently…
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    Authorship issues from disbanded consortium

    A manuscript was submitted to one of our journals in a special issue. The initial submission included 15 authors with 9 affiliations. The authors were part of a consortium which has now been disbanded. The manuscript was provisionally accepted for publication. At this point, three of the authors requested to be removed from the author list, citing irreconcilable differences with the corr…
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    Withdrawal request by an author

    We received a request by an author who states not to have contributed to an article published in 2015. The author claims that his name was used without his knowledge and that the corresponding author has been retired for several years and can no longer be reached. At the time of submission, we received a copyright transfer signed with the author’s name (we request all authors to sign the form).…
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    Authorship dispute unsatisfactorily resolved by institution

    The journal was contacted with a claim to first authorship of a paper currently published online ahead of print. Print publication was put on hold pending the result of the investigation. The claim to first authorship was based on the claimant stating that they had obtained most results published in the paper during their PhD studies under the supervision of the corresponding author, and contri…
  • Seminars and webinars

    COPE webinar 2017: Standards in authorship

    COPE's first webinar for information, shared discussion and practical advice on common authorship issues faced by COPE members, was held in June 2017. Guest speakers: Deborah Poff, Editor-in-Ch…
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    China Seminar 2017: Identifying authorship: how hard can it be?

    …Download presentation: Identifying authorship: how hard can it be? [PDF, 2,109 KB]…
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    China Seminar 2017: Promoting awareness of good authorship practice

    …Download presentation: Promoting awareness of good authorship practice [PDF, 1,290KB]…
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    Withdrawing from authorship

    A journal published a paper that is now under investigation by the host institution for misconduct. All authors signed that they agreed authorship and took responsibility for the content of the paper. After the investigations started, an author asked to be removed from authorship. Questions for the COPE Forum• What should the journal do in this situation? • Should th…
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    What constitutes authorship? (Spanish)

    …¿Qué constituye una autoría? Contexto El término autoría puede referirse al creador de una idea (por ejemplo, el autor de la teoría de la relatividad) o al individuo o individuos que desarrollan y llevan a término una obra intelectual, artística, literaria o científica (por ejemplo, el autor de un poema o de un artículo académico). Ser autor conlleva import…
  • Discussion documents

    Authorship

    This document, based on the COPE Discussion Document titled What Constitutes Authorship? resulted from a review of the COPE Forum cases related to authorship, comments from COPE members related to the discussion document, and a desire to move past the stage of discussion to providing practical advice on addressing the most common issues around authorship. We are therefore providing specific gui…
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    What constitutes authorship? (Chinese)

    …作者身份由什么构成? COPE讨论文件 本文旨在围绕出版伦理委员会(Committee on Publication Ethics,COPE)成员最常面对的作者身份问题 激发讨论。文中探讨了有关作者身份的现有指导方针,总结了一些有助于防止发生常见问题的基本原则, 并且列出了在之前的讨论中提出的一些更棘手的问题,其中许多问题具有学科特定性并需要更细致的考 虑。COPE欢迎针对本文提供反馈,并邀请成员指出来自不同学科的进一步作者身份指南。我们鼓励期 刊编辑和出版机构作出评论(无论是否为COPE成员),同时也欢迎来自研究人员/作者和学术机构的意 见。请将所有评论意见通过电子邮件发送至COPE运营经理Natalie Ridgeway,具体联络方式如下 :http://publ…
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    Authorship dispute regarding author order

    A paper was accepted in 2012 but there was a lengthy disagreement between the four authors regarding the order of authorship. The authors were advised that the paper would not be published unless all authors could sign a written agreement on the order of authorship and copyright form. An agreement was received in 2015 that specified the order of authorship and named one of the authors as…
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    Would the loss of a clinical licence in one country impact on the ability to do clinical work in another?

    The associate editor of journal X identified author Y on a submission paper as someone who had lost their license to practice due to malpractice. As part of the settlement, author Y had agreed to refrain from providing services to patients. Author Y now resides on a different continent, and the study presented in the submission was apparently carried out in in this continent. There is no mentio…
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    The role of the lead author

    An author on a "perspective/consensus" type paper 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. At this stage, the lead author sees no rational…
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    Publication of post-doctoral work

    In 2012, Dr X started her post-doctoral training under a fellowship. She worked on the project until 2014, when the fellowship ended. She did all the work herself, and gave two seminars showing her results and progress, with positive feedback. When needed, she consulted with the supervisor or with a senior scientist in the laboratory (who has since resigned). By the time she finished, she had w…
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    Institutional investigation of authorship dispute

    We received a claim that several authors were removed from an article published in one of our journals before the article was submitted. None of those said to have been removed were acknowledged. The claimant requested retraction. They said the article was previously submitted to other journals, listing them as an author. They provided what they said was an earlier version of the article…
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    Authorship dispute and possible unreported protocol amendment

    Our journal accepted a randomised controlled trial for publication which has not yet been published online. In the submitted paper, the randomised controlled trial is described as commencing in 2004 with completion in 2011. We have received an email and telephone call from an individual not listed as an author or reviewer of the paper with the following alleged disputes:• He was an invest…
  • Seminars and webinars

    Seminar 2016: Authors, understanding responsibilities and managing expectations - Zoë Mullan, Founding Editor, The Lancet Global Health

    … Download presentation: Authors: understanding responsibilities and managing expectations [PDF, 1034KB] …
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    Disclosure and transparency issue

    A paper was submitted to a medical journal, reporting the beneficial effects of a treatment with an expensive biological preparation. The author list included one employee of the company that produces and sells the preparation. Specific employees of the company were also thanked for medical input, epidemiological advice, programming support and copy editing; several authors declared having rece…
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    Requesting authorship after publication

    Our journal was contacted by an individual, Dr H, who had recently seen a published article and was surprised that he was not listed as an author because it utilised samples from a database that he established. (The article was published online in November 2014 and in print in February 2015.) He stated that the cohort has spawned many projects, but he was not involved in the “specialist area” i…

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