Hey guys, we are back with our next topic on “Authorship”. I know it seems a little early on at this stage but it is very essential that we talk about it before moving on to other aspects of Research.
The majority of the undergrads want publications – meaning authorships, so that they can decorate their resume or flaunt their publications in a job interview!
However, what they probably don’t know is that the position of the author matters! The first three positions are considered to be highly valuable and are considered to be the prime authors of the manuscript. For residents, it is mandatory that they are among the top three authors as per eligibility criteria of CPSP and PMDC. However, in general the top six authors are considered valid at an undergraduate level. You should be among the first six authors, if you want to add value to your resume.
Most journals, both national and international follow the authorship criteria set by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Details of ICMJE is available at http://www.icmje.org.
According to this, authorship should be based on the following four criteria:
- Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
- Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
- Final approval of the version to be published; AND
- Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.
All those designated as authors should meet all four above mentioned criteria for authorship.
|In simple words, if you have contributed in any of the following, you are entitled to authorship:
Next up, we will talk about “Article Categories” and help you decide which category is most appropriate for you!