Authorship to contributorship: Issues related to credit in research publications


  • Samir Kumar Praharaj Department of Psychiatry, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka.
  • Shahul Ameen St. Thomas Hospital, Changanacherry, Kerala



Authorship, contributions, credit


‘Authorship’ in a research article is mostly determined on the basis of ‘substantial contribution,’ which has diverse definitions. The broader concept of contributorship is based on the multiple roles of the contributors, especially in interprofessional and collaborative research. Issues related to authorship include order of authorship, corresponding authorship, and co-contributorship. To prevent disputes, the authors should negotiate these early in the research.


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How to Cite

Praharaj, S. K., and S. Ameen. “Authorship to Contributorship: Issues Related to Credit in Research Publications”. Kerala Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 36, no. 1, Aug. 2023, pp. 59-64, doi:10.30834/KJP.36.1.2023.416.



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