Who's an Author?

To be included on the author list, investigators should meet certain criteria.

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I tend to agree with Kirsten

I tend to agree with Kirsten Hogg's view that only people who played a direct role in the work should be included in the author list. Students -- (with rare exceptions -- undergraduates and beginning graduate students) are often not involved in designing or conceptualizing the project, but do participate in getting some or all of the data. They should be on the author list, in my opinion, because they played a direct role in the work.

That said, I don't think the criteria for who should be the first author are well laid out at present. I am not sure if the footnote "...these authors contributed equally to this work..." is satisfactory since someone always ends up being the first author to the perpetual annoyance of the other "equal" contributor.