It is essential that all researchers, and their respective colleges, centres or institutes, manage the authorship of publications according to current guidelines and requirements.
General guidance in the area of publication, authorship and peer review can be found in Sections 4, 5 and 6, respectively, of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2007 (the 2007 Code).
Authorship criteria are found in Section 5 of the 2007 Code, namely:
"Attribution of authorship depends to some extent on the discipline, but in all cases, authorship must be based on substantial contributions in a combination of:
- conception and design of the project
- analysis and interpretation of research data
- drafting significant parts of the work or critically revising it so as to contribute to the interpretation."
It is considered that two of these criteria may suffice, but all three are preferred.
Signed acknowledgements of authorship
The following authorship requirement is mandated by the 2007 Code, section 5.8:
"The department of the executive or senior author must retain the written acknowledgment of authorship discussed above in the form of an original hand-written signature. Where it is not practical to obtain an original signature, it is acceptable to use faxed or emailed consent. This also applies to published conference abstracts and similar publications. If an author is deceased or cannot be contacted, the publication can proceed provided that there are no grounds to believe that this person would have objected to being included as an author."
Within the colleges at Flinders University, this requirement should be managed by the area in which the sole or lead author is based.
The Flinders University Authorship and Data Location Form is provided for use in managing this requirement.
All signed forms, or other acknowledgements of authorship, should be stored within colleges or other relevant non-college business units.