B – Ending honorary authorship

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(doi: 10.1126/science.1224988)

Academic institutions, funders, and publishers are exploring new ways to clarify authorship attribution, and many journals have updated their policies on authorship and now require disclosure of specific contributions to discourage honorary authorship. Research institutions should also develop and promulgate clear statements in their research policies about the importance of upholding ethical standards of authorship.