Requirements for Authorship

Requirements for Authorship
The Journal follows the recommendation of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) on authorship. Each author should have made substantial contributions in all four of the following criteria:

  1. Conception or design of the work OR acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  2. Drafting OR revising the manuscript critically for important intellectual content; AND
  3. Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved. This includes being able to identify the specific contributions of the other authors, as well as having confidence in the integrity of their contributions.

The corresponding author is one of the authors who takes primary responsibility for communication in a timely fashion with the Journal during the entire submission process. This includes manuscript submission, peer review, and publication. The corresponding author should also be available after publication to respond to critiques and requests. All authors should be included in the TITLE PAGE section of the manuscript.

Those who do not meet all four criteria should be included in the Acknowledgements subsection of the manuscript, under SUPPLEMENTAL TEXT. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, statistical analysis, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. All financial and material support should also be acknowledged. All contributions of persons or institutions included in the acknowledgements should clearly be identified, and all persons or institutions so named must give written permission to be acknowledged.