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The Publishing Process and Opportunities

a resource guide to help graduate students and faculty understand the publishing process and discover publishing opportunities

Writing your Paper

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Understanding Authorship

Co-authors, corresponding authors, and affiliations
[from Defining Authorship by Taylor & Francis at]

"A co-author is any person who has made a significant contribution to a journal article. They also share responsibility and accountability for the results.

If more than one author writes an article, you’ll choose one person to be the corresponding author. This person will handle all correspondence about the article and sign the publishing agreement on behalf of all the authors. The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring that all the authors’ contact details are correct. You should all agree on the order in which your names will appear in the article."

"If you are a named co-author, this means that you:

  1. Made a significant contribution to the work reported, whether that’s in the conception, study design, execution, acquisition of data, analysis and interpretation, or in all these areas.
  2. Have drafted or written, or substantially revised or critically reviewed the article.
  3. Have agreed on the journal to which the article will be submitted.
  4. Reviewed and agreed on all versions of the article before submission, during revision, the final version accepted for publication, and any significant changes introduced at the proofing stage.
  5. Agree to take responsibility and be accountable for the contents of the article and to share responsibility to resolve any questions raised about the accuracy or integrity of the published work."


"Your affiliation in the manuscript should be the institution where you conducted the research. You should also include details of any funding received from that institution. If you have changed affiliation since completing the research, your new affiliation can be acknowledged in a note."

Authorship - a 40 minute webinar from Elsevier covering the ethics of authorship:

"An ‘author’ is generally considered to be someone who has made a substantial intellectual contribution to a published study. While in some fields this can lead to an author list spanning several pages, that’s not the case for the average paper.  In this module, we guide early career researchers through some of the general rules about who should be included and how they should be listed. We also highlight some pitfalls you should always avoid, whatever your field, such as ghost and gift authorship, and we offer tips on how to handle authorship disputes. "

Ethics for Authors