Honorary Authorship Practices in Environmental Science Teams: Structural and Cultural Factors and Solutions.

TitleHonorary Authorship Practices in Environmental Science Teams: Structural and Cultural Factors and Solutions.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsElliott, KC, Settles, IH, Montgomery, GM, Brassel, ST, Cheruvelil, KSpence, Soranno, PA
JournalAccountability in Research: Policies & Quality Assurance
Volume24
Issue2
Pagination80 - 98
Date Published2017/03//
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number08989621
KeywordsAuthorship , ENVIRONMENTAL , honorary , inclusive , INTERDISCIPLINARY , Intersectionality , research , Sociocultural , team
AbstractOverinclusive authorship practices such as honorary or guest authorship have been widely reported, and they appear to be exacerbated by the rise of large interdisciplinary collaborations that make authorship decisions particularly complex. Although many studies have reported on the frequency of honorary authorship and potential solutions to it, few have probed how the underlying dynamics of large interdisciplinary teams contribute to the problem. This article reports on a qualitative study of the authorship standards and practices of six National Science Foundation-funded interdisciplinary environmental science teams. Using interviews of the lead principal investigator and an early-career member on each team, our study explores the nature of honorary authorship practices as well as some of the motivating factors that may contribute to these practices. These factors include both structural elements (policies and procedures) and cultural elements (values and norms) that cross organizational boundaries. Therefore, we provide recommendations that address the intersection of these factors and that can be applied at multiple organizational levels.
NotesAccession Number: 120156575; Elliott, Kevin C. 1,2,3; Settles, Isis H. 4,5; Montgomery, Georgina M. 1,6; Brassel, Sheila T. 4; Cheruvelil, Kendra Spence 1,2; Soranno, Patricia A. 2; Affiliations: 1: Lyman Briggs College, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA; 2: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA; 3: Department of Philosophy, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA; 4: Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; 5: Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; 6: Department of History, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA; Issue Info: 2017, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p80; Subject Term: AUTHORSHIP; Subject Term: ENVIRONMENTAL sciences; Subject Term: SOCIOCULTURAL factors; Subject Term: RESEARCH bias; Subject Term: INTERSECTIONALITY (Social sciences); Author-Supplied Keyword: honorary authorship; Author-Supplied Keyword: inclusive research practices; Author-Supplied Keyword: interdisciplinary teams; Author-Supplied Keyword: research ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: team science; Number of Pages: 19p; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1080/08989621.2016.1251320
Short TitleAccountability in Research: Policies & Quality Assurance

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