Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
In Reply: Dr Serwint and colleagues inquire
about standards to document the involvement of investigators in scholarly
research. As we described in our Editorial, guidelines have been established
to report the specific contributions of investigators and others involved
in research groups who publish reports of their research in biomedical journals.
The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors recommends that "Authors
should provide a description of what each contributed, and editors should
publish that information. All others who contributed to the work who are not
authors should be named in the Acknowledgments, and what they did should be
described."1 JAMA and other journals follow
this approach, which applies regardless of the number of authors listed in
the byline, reference list, acknowledgment, or bibliometric database.
Flanagin A, Fontanarosa PB, DeAngelis CD. Listing Contributions of Investigators in Research Groups. JAMA. 2003;289(17):2212. doi:10.1001/jama.289.17.2212-a