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Publication and Authorship

Any person, including research students, research assistants, research officers, technical officers and other support staff, who has participated in a substantial way in conceiving, executing or interpreting the relevant research must be given the opportunity to be included as an author of a publication derived from that research.

In addition to meeting the above requirements regarding publication, an author must ensure that the work of any relevant person is recognised and appropriately acknowledged in all publications derived from research to which they have made a contribution.

Any person who has not participated in a substantial way in conceiving, executing or interpreting the relevant research must not to be included as an author of the publication derived from that research.

A publication which is substantially similar to other publications derived from the same research must contain appropriate reference to the other publications.

A researcher who submits substantially similar work to more than one publisher should disclose that fact to the publishers at the time of submission.

Publication and dissemination of work electronically or on the web should be treated with the same degree of integrity as every other form of publication.

Further Information

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Code of Conduct(PDF Document)

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)-how to handle authorship disputes: a guide for new researchers (2003)(PDF Document)

UKRIO Information Note: Guidance for researchers on retractions in academicjournals (2010)