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Background

Attitudes towards authorship are connected with authors- research experience and with knowledge of authorship criteria of International Committee of Medical Journal Editors ICMJE. The objective of this study was to assess association between authors- perceived importance of contributions for authorship qualification and their participation in manuscripts submitted to a journal.

Methods

Authors n = 1181 of 265 manuscripts submitted to the Croatian Medical Journal were asked to identify and rate their contribution in the preparation of the submitted manuscript 0 – none to 4 – full for 11 listed contributions and the importance of these contributions as authorship qualifications 0 – none to 4 – full. They were randomly allocated into 3 groups: the first n = 90 manuscripts, n = 404 authors first received the contribution disclosure form and then contribution importance-rating questionnaire; the second n = 88 manuscripts, n = 382 authors first received the rating questionnaire and then the contribution disclosure form, and the third group n = 87 manuscripts, n = 395 authors received both questionnaires at the same time. We compared authors- perception of importance of contribution categories.

Results

1014 85.9% authors of 235 manuscripts responded. Authors who declared contribution to a specific category rated it as more important for authorship than those authors who did not contribute to the same category P>0.005 for all contribution categories, Mann-Withney test. Authors qualifying for ICMJE authorship rated all contribution categories higher than non-qualifying authors. For all contributions, associations between perceived importance of contribution and actual author-s contribution were statistically significant.

Conclusions

Authorship seems to be not a normative issue subjective to categorization into criteria, but also a very personal view of the importance and value of one-s contributions.



Author: Ana Ivaniš , Darko Hren, Matko Marušić, Ana Marušić

Source: http://plos.srce.hr/



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