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Authorship provides credit for a researcher’s contributions to a study and carries therefore accountability. Authors are expected to fulfill the following three criteria:

  1. Each author is expected to have made substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data; or the creation of new software used in the work; or have drafted the work or substantively revised it
  2. and to have approved the submitted version of the manuscript ;
  3. and to have agreed both being personally accountable for the author’s own contributions and to ensure that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work, even ones in which the author was not personally involved, are appropriately investigated, resolved, and the resolution documented in the literature.

BSP journals do not require all co-authors to sign the online submission, nor do they impose an order on the list of authors. Submission to a BSP journal is taken by the journal to mean that all the listed authors have agreed on all of the manuscript’s content, including the author list.

Corresponding author responsibilities

The corresponding author is responsible for having ensured that this agreement has been reached that all authors have agreed to be so listed, and have approved the manuscript submission to the journal, and for managing all communication between the journal and all co-authors, before and after publication. Moreover, is the corresponding author also responsible for submitting a competing interests statement on behalf of all authors of the manuscript.

It is expected that the corresponding author (and on multi-group collaborations, at least one member of each collaborating group will be responsible for the following with respect to data, code, and materials.

At submission, the corresponding author must include all names and email addresses from all co-authors of the work.

The corresponding author also must clearly identify at submission any material within the manuscript (such as figures) that has been published previously elsewhere and provide written permission from authors of the prior work and/or publishers, as appropriate, for the re-use of such material.

After acceptance, the corresponding author is responsible for the accuracy of all content in the proof, including the names of coauthors, addresses and affiliations.

After publication, the corresponding author is the point of contact for queries about the published paper. It is their responsibility to inform all co-authors of any matters arising in relation to the published paper and to ensure such matters are dealt with promptly. Authors of published material have a responsibility to inform the journal immediately if they become aware of any aspects that requires correction.

Authorship changes

Any changes to the author list after submission, such as a change in the order of the authors or the deletion or addition of authors, must be approved by every author.

BSP journal editors are not in a position to investigate or adjudicate authorship disputes before or after publication. Such disagreements, if they cannot be resolved amongst authors, should be directed to the relevant institutional authority.

The primary affiliation for each author should be the institution where the majority of their work was done. If an author has subsequently moved, the current address may also be stated. Betasciencepress Publishing remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Consortia authorship

If a consortium is listed as a collective of authors, all members of the consortium are considered authors and must be listed in the published article as such. If not all members of the consortium agree to the responsibilities of authorship, the members that are authors will be listed separately from those who are not. To facilitate submission of manuscripts with large author lists, please consult the journal editor before submission.

Author identification

As part of our efforts to improve transparency and unambiguous attribution of scholarly contributions, corresponding authors of published papers must provide their Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier (ORCID) iD; co-authors are encouraged to provide ORCiD iDs.