At its 26 May 2006 meeting, Council approved a new definition for authorship in AGU publications. In recommending the change, the Publications Committee noted that it would provide researchers, particularly junior ones, with clearer guidance on what is expected of individuals who are named as authors. The revised statement, which is reproduced below, addresses questions that had come to the committee and recognizes recent expressions of concern about scientific integrity.
“To protect the integrity of authorship, only individuals who have significantly contributed to the research and preparation of the article should be listed as authors. All of these coauthors share responsibility for submitted articles. While not all coauthors may be familiar with all aspects of the research presented in their article, each should have in place an appropriate process for reviewing the accuracy of the reported results. A deceased person who met the criteria described here may be designated as an author. The corresponding author accepts the responsibility of having included as authors all persons who meet these criteria for authorship and none who do not. Other contributors who do not meet the authorship criteria should be appropriately acknowledged in the article. The corresponding author also attests that all living coauthors have seen the final version of the article, agree with the major conclusions, and have agreed to its submission for publication.”