Given the increasing frequency of challenges to authorship, we believe it is essential to establish rules to govern authorship.
Journal article authors must ensure all persons who have a reasonable claim to authorship are named in the article as co-authors, and must warrant that they have been authorized by all such co-authors to act on their behalf, and have agreed the order of names in the publication of the article.
A “co-author” is defined as any person who has made a significant scholarly contribution to the work reported, and who shares responsibility and accountability for the results.
Where an article has been prepared jointly with two or more authors, Taylor & Francis requires a Corresponding Author to be designated. It would be impractical for us to require all co-authors named in an article to sign the warranties in the Publishing Agreement.
In signing a Publishing Agreement, the Corresponding Author warrants that:
- She or he has been authorized by all named co-authors to act as an agent on their behalf.
- She or he has been authorized by all named co-authors to sign the Publishing Assignment on their behalf.
- All named co-authors have agreed the order of names given in the article.
In cases of mixed copyright status, for example, where one author is a civil servant, or any co-author waiving her or his copyright in favor of a government copyright assertion, the Corresponding Author must confirm that the co-author has agreed to do so, and in doing so retains her or his right to be named as a co-author.
- All named co-authors must have made a significant contribution to the work reported, in terms of research conception or design, and/or acquisition of data, and/or the analysis and interpretation of those data.
- All named co-authors are responsible for drafting, writing, and revising the article, or checking and confirming the article prior to submission.
- All named co-authors approve the final version of the article prior to submission.
- All named co-authors are aware and approve that the final version of the article has been submitted.
- All named co-authors accept responsibility and accountability for all content.
- All named co-authors accept that if the article is found to be unsafe, in error, or in some way fraudulent, or in breach of warranties made, that responsibility is shared by all named co-authors.
- All named co-authors agree that the Corresponding Author is empowered to act on their behalf with respect to communication with the journal’s Editorial Office on submission and during the peer review process, including the coordination of revisions required by peer reviewers, and preparation of a Final Revised Version of the article.
- All named co-authors agree the Corresponding Author is empowered to act on their behalf with respect to communication with the journal’s publisher during the article production process, including checking, correcting, and approving the accuracy of all content in article proofs.
- All named co-authors agree the Corresponding Author is empowered to act on their behalf with respect to communication with the journal’s publisher regarding the published version of the article, the Version of Scholarly Record, including its marketing (where appropriate).
No changes – neither the addition nor the removal of a co-author – can be made to the list of co-authors after the article is accepted.
The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring all address, email, and telephone data are correct for all named co-authors. The affiliations of all named co-authors should be the affiliation where the research was conducted. If any of the named co-authors moves affiliation during the peer review process, the new affiliation may be given as a footnote.
No changes to affiliation can be made after the article is accepted.