Authorship is restricted to those who have made significant contributions to a work. All authors by default carry some degree of responsibility for any paper they coauthor. Coauthors who make limited contributions to a paper are responsible for their contributions and may not have responsibility for other results. Each coauthor may not even be familiar with the entirety of the research presented in the paper. However, all coauthors together should agree on an appropriate system for reviewing the accuracy of the entire results. For example, some coauthors are made accountable for the accuracy and verifiability of the entire paper. Mostly these are authors responsible for the analysis and the integrity of the data, for writing the manuscript, for presenting at conferences, or for providing guidance to young colleagues.
Author contributions must be described using either contributor roles taxonomy (CRediT
), or the preferred, Gazettes role allocation methodology (GRAM
). Contributors who do not meet the above criteria for authorship can be mentioned in acknowledgments if they are willing to be named.
Throughout editorial consideration, a single corresponding author is responsible for providing all necessary manuscript information and for speaking on behalf of all authors. Pre-acceptance, the corresponding author must check that the manuscript is properly formatted according to guidelines and complies with all Gazettes policies, that all authors have seen the final draft of the manuscript being submitted and agreed to the author list and author contributions, that all authors have consented to any changes in the manuscript’s authorship. Post-acceptance, the corresponding author must ensure that all authors have seen the final proofread and copy-edited version of the manuscript before it is published, and continue to be the point of contact for queries about the paper. In some cases, especially after publishing, multiple corresponding authors may be allowed.
Gazettes does not allow authorship or name changes after a DOI has been generated. In case of an authorship dispute, the Journal will not mediate. If the authors are unable to resolve the dispute among themselves, the case will be deferred to the concerned authors' institutions. The Journal will consider the institutional recommendations following authorship investigations but will reserve the right to pass its own decision.