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May 7, 2003

Listing Contributions of Investigators in Research Groups

JAMA. 2003;289(17):2212. doi:10.1001/jama.289.17.2212-a

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.