ERIC Number: ED435283
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
New Directions in Higher Education: Expanding the Possibilities of Collaborative Authorship.
Kochan, Frances K.; Mullen, Carol A.
This paper examines the issue of collaborative authorship in academia by specifically addressing fairness and equity in name ordering and by reexamining the present conventions used to designate credit. It offers scholars a framework for thinking about collaboration, negotiating the authorship terms of the working relationship, and assigning appropriate credit for work accomplished. After a discussion of the benefits and problems of collaboration, the paper suggests seven parameters for any collaboration. It then goes on to reject two common strategies currently used to denote joint authorship, alternate naming and alphabetical order, proposing three alternatives: displaying the names in a linear graphic form; displaying names in a circle, with both names beginning on the left at the equator, then one circling to the right along the top of the circle and the other circling along the bottom; and using an equal sign between names. This last suggestion is seen to be technically simple enough to be implemented both in publications and citations. (Contains 23 references). (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A