Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 237–243

A proposal for a new system of credit allocation in science

  • David B. Resnik
Article

Abstract

This essay discusses some of the problems with current authorship practices and puts forward a proposal for a new system of credit allocation: in published works, scientists should more clearly define the responsibilities and contributions of members of research teams and should distinguish between different roles, such as author, statistican, technician, grant writer, data collector, and so forth.

Keywords

authorship publication credit responsibility ethics policies 

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© Opragen Publications 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • David B. Resnik
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  1. 1.The Center for the Advancement of EthicsUniversity of WyomingLaramieUSA

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