B – Authorship problems in small medical journals

Marušić A. Problems of editors with authorship in small medical journals. The International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2011;2(3):130-132

Authorship is a serious problem in smaller scientific communities . Many authors do not qualify for the standard authorship criteria set by the ICMJE and some editors as well cannot be familiar with them. Funding from a study carried out by the Croatian Medical Journal (CMJ) showed that contribution declaration forms, that authors fill out and send to journals, are to be considered not reliable as a way of assessing authorship. For this reason the CMJ decided to ask each manuscript author a single open-ended question: “Why do you think you deserve to be the author of this manuscript?” and to publish author’s answer to this question without editing.