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Credit Where Credit Is Due: Dec 31, 2008

Janet Stemwedel says authorship is not only important for scientists getting credit for what a paper reports, it also is a matter of responsibility. In collaborative work with many researchers, she says the best policy is to be transparent and say who was responsible for each aspect of the work. "It mitigates worries of whether the authorship order is being used to mislead about who did the most (or the best) work and brings the audience back to the task of evaluating the work itself," writes Stemwedel at Adventures in Ethics and Science.


The Scan

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