From Authorship to Contributorship: Promoting Integrity in Research Publication

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Shared authorship in nursing research presents practical and ethical dilemmas and does not effectively capture individual research participation and accountability. This study, which defined author contributions and practices in multiauthored nursing research, contributed to a better understanding of contemporary author participation and the inherent challenges faced by nurse scholars in determining authorship credit. A method of "contributorship" is proposed which would delineate individual contributions to the research project while maintaining professional integrity, scientific accountability, and scholarly recognition.

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