Quantitative Health Sciences

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Authorship on Scientific and Scholarly Publications

QHS has adopted the Medical College of Wisconsin’s policy for Authorship on Scientific and Scholarly Publications.

These principles of authorship emphasize intellectual and academic contributions to scholarly publications which include articles, abstracts, and other dissemination of written findings, thoughts, and analyses.  Implicit is that attribution of credit should be given to individuals whom credit is due and concurrently to identify those individuals responsible for the integrity of the scientific contributions.  Those principles with which Quantitative Health Sciences is most concerned are as follows:

  • The qualifications for authorship are: (1) substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; (2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content: and (3) final approval of the version to be published. 
  • All individuals who qualify for authorship should be listed.  However, any person can refuse to be an author if (s) he elects to do so.
  • Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
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