Publication Ethics News from COPE: Authorship

Each month, COPE Council members find and share publication ethics news. We would like to share with you the following current news from COPE concerning authorship:

In order to understand gender differences in authorship practices, the authors of a recent study published in Science Advances surveyed more than 5500 scientists internationally to understand experiences with authorship naming and ordering. They found that more than half of the respondents had experienced authorship disagreements, with women more likely to voice their disappointment in their colleagues’ failure to acknowledge their contributions, especially in the Natural Sciences and Engineering. A useful summary of the study results can be found here.

The issue of papermills, where researchers can buy authorship on a paper, has been receiving attention recently. A recent article in Retraction Watch drew our attention to two sites, one in Iran and one in Latvia, that appeared to sell authorship slots on finished papers, whilst another site in Russia which sells co-authorship has also been recently identified. In China, funders are penalising researchers who buy fake papers, but there is more to be done to identify and sanction the researchers and the outfits that supply the papers.


We would like to remind you that our publisher, PC TECHNOLOGY CENTER, is a member of COPE (link) and adheres to high publishing ethics principles, including those relating to authorship link. All journals in our publishing house adhere to this policy:

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