Skip to main content  

Research Building Blocks: Authorship Guidelines

Who is an Author?

How do you decide who gets credit as an author in your article and who receives an acknowledgement in your paper? There are guidelines available to help you decide. Before starting a new project, decide amongst the team who will receive credit as an author and in what order, to avoid conflict later. Prior to submitting your manuscript for publication, or as the project changes, confirm this list and the order of authors.


International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly work in Medical Journals (ICMJE Recommendations) [Internet]. ICMJE; 2018 [cited 2019 Feb 21].

University Health Network, Research Authorship (Policy 40.60.001). Toronto; 2017.

Why Does Authorship Matter?

"Authorship confers credit and has important academic, social, and financial implications. Authorship also implies responsibility and accountability for published work."

- International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). Defining the Role of Authors and Contributors. In: Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly work in Medical Journals [Internet]. ICMJE; 2018 [cited 2019 Feb 21].