Authorship Intricacies For persons whose primary appointments are in academia, the matter of authorship on scholarly publications is perhaps one of the most fundamental to their success, including upward mobility within the academy (i.e., tenure and promotion). Unfortunately, authorship—despite its fundamental importance to matters as significant as job security—is a highly ... Editorial
Editorial  |   February 01, 2010
Authorship Intricacies
 
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Editorial   |   February 01, 2010
Authorship Intricacies
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, February 2010, Vol. 19, 1-2. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2010/ed-01)
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, February 2010, Vol. 19, 1-2. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2010/ed-01)
For persons whose primary appointments are in academia, the matter of authorship on scholarly publications is perhaps one of the most fundamental to their success, including upward mobility within the academy (i.e., tenure and promotion). Unfortunately, authorship—despite its fundamental importance to matters as significant as job security—is a highly subjective issue, because knowing whether a person should be represented as an author of a work can often be unclear and even ambiguous. The matter is particularly acute for articles with multiple authors. For AJSLP, single-author articles are unusual (e.g., representing only three of the 31 articles, or <10%, published in Volume 18), and multiple-author research articles are the norm (the average number of authors on articles in Volume 18 was three, with a range of one to nine). In every writing collaboration, and even when one is working solo on a publication, high-stakes decisions need to be made about who is to be included as an author. Yet, too often, such decisions are made implicitly, perhaps in some cases haphazardly, without thorough discussion, and the rules on which such decisions rest are very open to interpretation.
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