Authorship: From credit to accountability. Reflections from the Editors´ Network

Fernando Alfonso, Parounak Zelveian, Jean-Jacques Monsuez, Michael Aschermann, Michael Boehm, Alfonso Buendia Hernandez, Tzung-Dau Wang, Ariel Cohen, Sebija Izetbegovic, Anton Doubell, Dario Echeverri, Nuray Enç, Ignacio Ferreira-González, Anetta Undas, Ulrike Fortmüller, Plamen Gatzov, Carmen Ginghina, Lino Goncalves, Faouzi Addad, Mahmoud Hassanein, Gerd Heusch, Kurt Huber, Robert Hatala, Mario Ivanusa, Chu-Pak Lau, Germanas Marinskis, Livio Dei Cas, Carlos Eduardo Rochitte, Kjell Nikus, Eckart Fleck, Luc Pierard, Slobodan Obradović, María del Pilar Aguilar Passano, Yangsoo Jang, Olaf Rødevand, Mikael Sander, Evgeny Shlyakhto, Çetin Erol, Dimitris Tousoulis, Dilek Ural, Jan Piek, Albert Varga, Andreas Flammer, François Mach, Alban Dibra, Faiq Guliyev, Alexander Mrochek, Mamanti Rogava, Ismael Guzman Melgar, Giuseppe Di Pasquale, Kanat Kabdrakhmanov, Laila Haddour, Zlatko Fras, Claes Held, Valentyn Shumakov

Abstract


The Editors´ Network of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) provides a dynamic forum for editorial discussions and endorses the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) to improve the scientific quality of biomedical journals. Authorship confers credit and important academic rewards. Recently, however, the ICMJE emphasised that authorship also requires responsibility and accountability. These issues are now covered by the new (fourth) criterion for authorship. Authors should agree to be accountable and ensure that questions regarding the accuracy and integrity of the entire work will be appropriately addressed. This review discusses the implications of this paradigm shift on authorship requirements with the aim of increasing awareness on good scientific and editorial practices.

Keywords


authorship; accountability; responsibility

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.24170/16-2-3644

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