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Editorial
December 25, 2002

Authorship for Research Groups

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Ms Flanagin is Managing Senior Editor, Dr Fontanarosa is Executive Deputy Editor, and Dr DeAngelis is Editor, JAMA, Chicago, Ill.

JAMA. 2002;288(24):3166-3168. doi:10.1001/jama.288.24.3166

Major clinical research investigations, especially large multicenter trials, require the involvement, cooperation, and dedication of many individuals. Roles and responsibilities range from conceiving the study and designing the protocol to collecting and analyzing the data, and numerous essential steps in between. Following completion of the study, the most important responsibilities are prompt preparation of a manuscript that reports the study findings, and timely submission of the paper to a journal for peer review, publication, and communication of the study findings to the scientific and clinical communities.

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