Navigation Links
Lost in the middle: author order matters, new paper says
Date:11/5/2007

Rare is the scientific paper today written by a single author. With research being conducted by teams of scientists, most studies now boast a half-dozen or so authors. According to a new study led by a scientist at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, credit for those papers is far from evenly distributed, and the order in which the authors names are listed makes a big difference.

The new findings appear in the Nov. 1 issue of the scientific journal EMBO Reports. OMRFs Jonathan Wren, Ph.D., is the first author on the paper, which is entitled The write position.

In scientific circles, the long-accepted hierarchy of authorship places the one who did the lions share of the work first and the senior author last. What we wanted to know was: What about everyone in between? said Wren. What do people think about the middle authors and their contribution to the work described in the paper?

To find out, the researchers mailed surveys to promotion committees at 142 medical schools in the United States and Canada. Sixty-six percent of the U.S. schools responded to the questionnaires, while 28 percent of the Canadian schools replied.

Those survey results revealed that when an authors name appears in the middle, rather than the beginning or end, of a byline on a scientific paper, their perceived role in the project diminishes quickly. That can mean that, even when the publication appears in a prestigious journal, authors receive little credit (and, consequently, diminished chances for promotion, research funding and tenure) when they are listed as one of several middle authors on a paper.

As the number of authors per paper grows, the roles of authors listed in the middle increasingly blur. Researchers define or rank authorship position subjectively, and there are few clear-cut standards, said Wren. Our survey results showed that author names appearing near the beginning of the list of authors are perceived to have contributed more to the project. Senior authorsthose listed lasttend to maintain their standing no matter how many authors are listed in the byline.

All authors deserve fair credit, wherever their names appear, said Wren. We hope this study gives authors, editors and committee members a better understanding of the trends and of how perceptions about scientific contribution are formed.


'/>"/>

Contact: Shari Hawkins
shari-hawkins@omrf.org
405-271-8537
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Author Kris Carr to Sign Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips at Two Borders(R) Stores in California
2. AOA President Calls on Congress to Reauthorize SCHIP and Take Action to Ensure Health Care Coverage for All Americans
3. Patient Safety Authority Board of Directors Names Infection Advisory Panel
4. Inspiring Authors Tell Inspirational Stories: Special Writers Find Accepting Home at Lulu.com
5. The Fight for His Life: Author, Family Battle Disease and Challenge Politics in the Face of Survival
6. Roller Derby Author Cheats Death a Second Time
7. Childrens Hospitals in Washington to Lobby Congress to Reauthorize SCHIP Now
8. Major differences revealed in how local authorities in the UK support disabled people
9. Elder Care Author Doctor Marion Launches Second National Tour to Raise Awareness About Aging & Elder Care Issues in America
10. Leading Asthma and Allergy Author and Counselor Joins The HealthCentral Network As Expert
11. Patient Safety Authority Releases Advisory Focusing on Common Causes of Medication Errors
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 13, 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House of ... popular and least understood books in the Holy Scriptures, Revelation. The Book of Revelation ... scholars for centuries. Many have tossed it off as mere rubbish, but Yisrayl Hawkins ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Coveros, a leader in ... awarded a contract by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The ... enterprise use of Agile methodologies in a consistent and high value manner across ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... “America On The Brink”: the Christian ... On The Brink” is the creation of published author, William Nowers. Captain Nowers ... a WWII veteran, he spent thirty years in the Navy. Following his career ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) , ... October 12, ... ... and Dr. Cheng, are now treating sleep apnea using cutting-edge Oventus ... sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder characterized by frequent cessation in breathing. Oral ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... The company ... of today’s consumer and regulatory authorities worldwide. From Children’s to Adults 50+, every ... meet the highest standard. , These products are also: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/19/2017)... Mich. , Sept. 19, 2017 HistoSonics, Inc., a venture-backed medical device company ... destruction of targeted tissues, announced three leadership team developments today:   ... PhD ... ... Veteran medical device executive Josh ...
(Date:9/18/2017)... ALLENTOWN , Pa. and KALAMAZOO, Mich. ... Allentown, Penn. , and OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy ... a business partnership to offer a strategic hub service ... PMD Healthcare,s highly sought-after personal spirometer, Spiro PD 2.0, ... A spirometer is a medical device used ...
(Date:9/13/2017)... Sept. 13, 2017   OrthoAtlanta has been named ... Football Host Committee (AFHC) for the 2018 College Football Playoff ... 2018, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia ... AFHC "I,m In" campaign, participating in many activities leading up ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: