INTERNATIONAL DIVERSITY OF ITS AUTHORSHIP
All contributing authors should qualify for authorship. The order of authorship should be a joint decision of the co-authors. Sufficient participation in the work is of utmost importance:
Authorship credit should be based on substantial contribution to conception and design, execution, or analysis and interpretation of data. All authors should be involved in drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content, must have read and approved the final version of the manuscript and approve of its submission to this journal.
CRITERIA FOR AUTHORSHIP
Everyone who has made substantial intellectual contributions to the study on which the article is based (for example, to the research question, design, analysis, interpretation, and written description) should be an author. Only an individual who has made substantial intellectual contributions should be an author. Performing technical services, translating text, identifying patients for study, supplying materials, and providing funding or administrative oversight over facilities where the work was done are not, in themselves, sufficient for authorship, although these contributions may be acknowledged in the manuscript. One author (a “guarantor”) should take responsibility for the integrity of the work as a whole. Often this is the corresponding author, the one who sends in the manuscript and receives reviews, but other authors can have this role. All authors should approve the final version of the manuscript. It is preferable that all authors be familiar with all aspects of the work.
NUMBER OF AUTHORS
Editors should not arbitrarily limit the number of authors. There are legitimate reasons for multiple authors in some kinds of research, such as multi-center, randomized controlled trials. In these situations, a subset of authors may be listed with the title, with the notation that they have prepared the manuscript on behalf of all contributors. If editors believe the number of authors is unusually large, relative to the scope and complexity of the work, they can ask for a detailed description of each author’s contributions to the work. If some do not meet criteria for authorship, editors can require that their names be removed as a condition of publication.
ORDER OF AUTHORSHIP
The authors themselves should decide the order in which authors are listed in an article. No one else knows as well as they do their respective contributions and the agreements they have made among themselves.
CHANGES TO AUTHORSHIP
For all submission to IJHCUM, authorship change request should be submitted to Editorial Office of IJHCUM through Corresponding author. Requests to add or remove an author, or to rearrange the author names, must be sent to the Journal Editor from the corresponding author of the accepted manuscript and must include: a) the reason the name should be added or removed, or the author names rearranged and b) signed IJHCUM Change of Authorship Form <http://www.ijhcum.net/page_3.html> by all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. The corresponding author should certify that all authors meet the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) authorship standards and that all authors consent to the change. All authors will be asked to sign an authorship statement after the manuscript has been accepted. By signing the change of authorship form, any authors who have been added, removed, or reordered indicate that they agree to the changes. Until the editorial office gets the completed form, the relevant submission will be kept on hold for further processing. No authorship change is allowed after publication of manuscript.