Co-Authorship

The topic of co-authorship can be a touchy subject. SAIG provides this document to express views on co-authorship. 

Co-authorship is not required for SAIG collaboration projects; however, if collaborators perform the work of a co-author, they should receive the credit of co-authorship. 

It is important to have a discussion about what work is to be completed and if it qualifies for a co-authorship.

SAIG bases co-authorship guidelines on those of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) which states that authorship credit should be based on 1) substantial contributions to conception and design, 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. Authors should meet conditions 1, 2, and 3. 1  

Another authorship guideline is the Galindo-Leal guide for explicit authorship 2. All individuals who work on a paper are assigned points based on their contribution (see Figure 1). If an individual reaches 25 points, he/she deserves to be a co- author. Points are per individual and can total over 100 for the entire paper.

Research Activities
Contribution
Point
Planning
No
Minor
Moderate
Major
0
5
10
20
Executing
No
Minor
Moderate
Major
0
5
10
20
Analyzing
No
Minor
Moderate
Major
0
5
10
20
Interpreting
No
Minor
Moderate
Major
0
5
10
20
Writing
No
Minor
Moderate
Major
0
5
10
20