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Consensus statement on measures to promote equitable authorship in the publication of research from international partnerships

Morton, Ben ORCID:, Vercueil, A., Masekela, R., Heinz, Eva ORCID:, Reimer, Lisa ORCID:, Saleh, Sepeedeh, Kalinga, C., Seekles, Maaike ORCID:, Biccard, B., Muhwa, Jeremiah, Abimbola, S., Obasi, Angela ORCID: and Oriyo, N. (2021) 'Consensus statement on measures to promote equitable authorship in the publication of research from international partnerships'. Anaesthesia, Vol 77, Issue 3, pp. 264-276.

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Summary: Despite the acknowledged injustice and widespread existence of parachute research studies conducted in low‐ or middle‐income countries by researchers from institutions in high‐income countries, there is currently no pragmatic guidance for how academic journals should evaluate manuscript submissions and challenge this practice. We assembled a multidisciplinary group of editors and researchers with expertise in international health research to develop this consensus statement. We reviewed relevant existing literature and held three workshops to present research data and holistically discuss the concept of equitable authorship and the role of academic journals in the context of international health research partnerships. We subsequently developed statements to guide prospective authors and journal editors as to how they should address this issue. We recommend that for manuscripts that report research conducted in low‐ or middle‐income countries by collaborations including partners from one or more high‐income countries, authors should submit accompanying structured reflexivity statements. We provide specific questions that these statements should address and suggest that journals should transparently publish reflexivity statements with accepted manuscripts. We also provide guidance to journal editors about how they should assess the structured statements when making decisions on whether to accept or reject submitted manuscripts. We urge journals across disciplines to adopt these recommendations to accelerate the changes needed to halt the practice of parachute research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Original Article, Original Articles, authorship, ethics, global health, health equity, international health, research, research ecosystem
Subjects: W General Medicine. Health Professions > W 21 Medicine as a profession.
W General Medicine. Health Professions > Professional practice > W88 Administrative work. Teaching. Research
WZ History of Medicine. Medical Miscellany > Miscellany Relating to Medicine > WZ 345 Medical writing and publishing. Historiography
Faculty: Department: Biological Sciences > Vector Biology Department
Clinical Sciences & International Health > Clinical Sciences Department
Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
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SWORD Depositor: JISC Pubrouter
Depositing User: Stacy Murtagh
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2021 09:50
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2022 14:05


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