B – New authorship criterion

The Lancet. Authorship and accountability. The Lancet 2013;382(9894):744        

The Lancet, as a member of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), fully supports the new (August 2013) ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (previously known as the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical journals [URMs] or Vancouver guidelines. To ensure that those credited as authors recognise their role in taking responsibility and being accountable for what is published,  the ICMJE has added a fourth criterion for authorship as part of the new ICMJE Recommendations, that is “agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work thereby ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved”.