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Guidelines for Authorship

Author Information Review Guidelines Review Policy Authorship Guidelines Published Statements

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Guidelines for Authorship: For the purposes of this journal, an “author” is considered to be someone who has made significant intellectual contributions to the published material. To be listed as an author, individuals must meet the following criteria:

 a) making significant contributions to data collection, analysis and/or interpretation, or significant contribution to the study’s conception and design;

b) drafting the article and/or critically revising it;

c) granting final approval to the content to be published.

 Participation solely in the acquisition of funding or the collection of data does not justify authorship. General supervision of the research group is not sufficient for authorship. Any part of an article critical to its main conclusion must be the responsibility of at least one author. An author’s role in a research output must be sufficient for that person to take public responsibility for at least that part of the output in that person’s area of expertise. No person who is an author, consistent with this definition, must be excluded as an author without their permission in writing.  Contributors not meeting these criteria for authorship should be listed in the “Acknowledgements” section.