Judging from recent debacles over authorship of papers, such as occurred in the journal of Fertility and Sterility earlier this year when the omission of a coauthor led to accusations of plagiarism and the retraction of a prominent paper, authorship in science is not an issue to be taken lightly. Among the guidelines put forth by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, one states that authors should have made substantial intellectual contributions to a study, not have just provided oversight or funding for the project.Despite these clear guidelines, authorship disputes are common. How does your lab deal with these situations -- who should go on the author list and in what order? Tell us here.
When multidiscipline groups collaborate, the situation gets even more complicated. How does your lab manage author order when you collaborate with other labs both in your field and outside of your field?You've...

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