QUALIFIES FOR AUTHORSHIP


Prof. Hassan Bella

WHO QUALIFIES FOR AUTHORSHIP?

A question is often asked: Who qualifies for authorship?  There is much to say in answering this question.  A detailed answer could be found in the document entitled, "Uniform requirements of manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals: The Vancouver Style." Website: www.icmje.org (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors).

However, the following are few but not all tips regarding authorship. We advise that researchers consult the latest version of the above reference.

The following qualify for authorship:

Anyone who had an important role requiring creativity, professional judgement, or both, in:

·   Conception, design/analysis and interpretation and

·   Drafting and revising critically for intellectual content and

·   Approving the final version to be published.

The list of authors:

·   Should include only those who actively contributed to the design and execution of the experiments.

·   Should be in order of importance to the experiments.  (Source:  WHO)

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

In writing letters to the Editor, authors are recommended to observe the following tips:

·   Be courteous and interested.

·   Make specific rather than general comments.

·   Give reasoned argument, not biased opinion.

·   Do not repeat aspects covered in the original article.

·   Introduce a different perspective or additional data to the topic.

·   Attempt to make only one or very few specific points.

·   Be concise.

(Source: WHO)


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