Publication and authorship

As a postgraduate student, you are encouraged to publish and disseminate your research findings. You should reach a consensus with your research supervisor(s) concerning authorship of publications and acknowledgement of contributions during and after candidature. It is worthwhile noting such decisions in the Research Supervision Agreement proforma.

There should be open and mutual recognition of both your and your supervisor’s work arising from the research.

AUT has adopted two documents as the preferred reference for staff and students seeking general assistance and guidance on authorship matters. These are the Vancouver Protocol, compiled by what evolved as the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, which was developed collaboratively by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council and Universities Australia.

AUT recommends the following principles as key in determining how to attribute authorship:

  • Early discussion and agreement on authorship responsibilities and order
  • Signed documentation of authorship protocols and agreements
  • Subsequent review of such agreements
  • Inclusion of all authors
  • Exclusion of unacceptable claims to authorship
  • Adequate acknowledgement of other contributions
  • Inclusion of web-based publications
A full description of guidelines and processes can be found in the AUT University Postgraduate Handbook