Defining authorship in the era of big data collection and its consequences on the academic career

  • Donato F. AltomareEmail author
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

An essential requisite for the quality of medical research is an adequate sample size of the population to be studied. Multicenter trials of new treatments aimed to determine reliability and reproducibility offer a great opportunity to recruit large numbers of patients in a short time. Big data analysis has, however, given life to a system in which, not only the individual contribution of authors cannot be identified, but even the basic requisite for authorship are questioned.

The general agreement among the scientific journals to recognize authorship is written in the instruction for authors and requested on the front page of any manuscripts sent for publication and generally include “sufficient participation in the work to take public responsibility for the content, in conceiving or designing or analyzing and interpreting data, in drafting the article or revising it for critically important intellectual content, and in approving the final version of the paper. The ICMJE (



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dept of Emergency and Organ Transplantation, Surgical Unit “ M Rubino”University Aldo Moro of BariBariItaly

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