Trouble in Paradise: Problems in Academic Research Co-authoring

TitleTrouble in Paradise: Problems in Academic Research Co-authoring
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsBozeman, B, Youtie, J
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Date Published2016
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
KeywordsCo-authorship , Contributorship , ghost , guest , PUBLICATIONS , research , Scholars , WORK
AbstractScholars and policy-makers have expressed concerns about the crediting of coauthors in research publications. Most such problems fall into one of two categories, excluding deserving contributors or including undeserving ones. But our research shows that there is no consensus on 'deserving' or on what type of contribution suffices for co-authorship award. Our study uses qualitative data, including interviews with 60 US academic science or engineering researchers in 14 disciplines in a set of geographically distributed research-intensive universities. We also employ data from 161 website posts provided by 93 study participants, again US academic scientists. We examine a variety of factors related to perceived unwarranted exclusion from co-author credit and unwarranted inclusion, providing an empirically-informed conceptual model to explain co-author crediting outcomes. Determinants of outcomes include characteristics of disciplines and fields, institutional work culture, power dynamics and team-specific norms and decision processes. 
NotesBozeman, Barry 1; Email Address: Youtie, Jan 2; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: Center for Organization Research and Design, School of Public Affairs , Arizona State University , Phoenix 85004 USA 2: Enterprise Innovation Institute , Georgia Institute of Technology , Atlanta 30308 USA; Source Info: Dec2016, Vol. 22 Issue 6, p1717; Subject Term: Research -- Universities & colleges; Subject Term: Publications; Subject Term: Scholars -- United States; Subject Term: Research -- Government policy; Subject Term: Work environment; Author-Supplied Keyword: Co-authorship; Author-Supplied Keyword: Contributorship; Author-Supplied Keyword: Ghost authors; Author-Supplied Keyword: Guest author; Author-Supplied Keyword: Research collaboration; Number of Pages: 27p; Document Type: Article