B – Authorship disagreements

Dance A. Who’s on first? Nature 2012;489:591-593
(doi: 10.1038/nj7417-591a)

When scientists collaborate on an experiment and a paper, it can be hard to decide who gets the credit and how much. Disagreements often happen when contributors put in similar amounts of effort on different aspects of a project. Journals are increasingly attempting to keep authors in line by asking for details on who did what. Some tips for settling the line-up are provided.