Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 389–398 | Cite as

A Broader Discussion of Authorship

  • Dena PlemmonsEmail author


While it may be useful to consider the development of new topics in teaching the responsible conduct of research (RCR), it is perhaps equally important to reconsider the traditionally taught core topic areas in both more nuanced and broader ways. This paper takes the topic of authorship as an example. Through the description of two specific cases from sociocultural anthropology, ideas about credit and responsibility are examined. It is suggested that placing more focus on the array of meanings found in the act of authoring might help students see themselves as part of a wider community both of scientists and beyond science.


Authorship Ethnography Anthropology Responsible conduct of research 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Ethics Program, 0612University of CaliforniaSan Diego, La JollaUSA

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