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Authorships.org helps eliminate disputes regarding who are the authors and in which position should they appear in medical journals
Authorships.org helps eliminate disputes regarding who are the authors and in which position should they appear in medical journals
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Authorships.org - Software for objective qualification and order of academic authorship in medical and science journals

Academic authorship of journal articles is a means of scholars making intellectual contributions of their work, communicating their findings, and building their reputation among their peers. 

There are many issues concerning authorship that are still controversial, with qualification as well as the order of authorship remaining the main dispute in the majority of collaborative work worldwide. 

With the interest of promoting the highest ethics in medical and science publishing, the aim of this project is to develop an open access web-based software for the objective qualification and order of authorship in medical and science journals, in an attempt to reduce or even eliminate such disputes.

The items of the recommendations of the 2006 consensus statement on surgery journal authorship including; conception, execution, and documentation of research will be used to design the first part of the software, focusing on identifying and differentiating individuals whose work qualifies them as authors and those as contributors (Figure 1)

Figure 1 - Qualification for authorship or acknowledgement
Figure 1 - Qualification for authorship or acknowledgement

The second part of the software design concerning the order (Figure 2) of the qualifying authors will be based on the well established Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) method, as it is the most suitable for objective multiple criteria decision-making and ranking (Figure 3). 

Figure 2 - Order of authors that may appear in a manuscript
Figure 2 - Order of authors that may appear in a manuscript
Figure 3 - Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) method for multiple comparisons and ranking of the authors' contributions
Figure 3 - Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) method for multiple comparisons and ranking of the authors' contributions

Authorships.org is, to the best of our knowledge, the first open access web-based software to objectively qualify and indicate the order of academic authorship in medical and science journals

The output results of Authorships.org may become obligatory for submission as a separate document along with a manuscript, as nowadays more and more journals request the authors to indicate the various types of contributions to their work. 

Budget of Authorships.org

For the completion of the development of Authorships.org we will require:

  • Web hosting: 300 CHF for 1 year 
  • Domain name: 20 CHF for 1 year 
  • Completion of the software and delivery of a stable version (80 hours): 1,680 CHF 
  •  Kickstarter fees: 160 
  • Total: 2,160 CHF

Risks and challenges

In every project there may be risks and surely challenges involved. We are not concerned about the technical part, we have already successfully developed complex software (e.g. eBiostatistics.com).

The most important challenge is to ensure that the software is being used ethically. This means that it should not become a tool to eliminate disputes regarding authorship and at the same time reinforce unethical publishing. Thus, the most important part of the project will be appropriately implementing the software in the process and develop safeguards for honest and ethical authorship qualification.

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