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Publication Ethics: An Examination of Authorship Practices

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Objective: To review health behavior research policies and practices related to authorship credit and responsibilities and to develop an authorship policy for the American Journal of Health Behavior. Methods: Research on authorship criteria and byline placement was reviewed and the American Journal of Health Behavior Ethics Working Group made recommendations to the editor regarding an authorship policy. Results: A new authorship policy was adopted by the editor. Conclusions: The new policy clarifies the position of the journal regarding authorship issues.

Keywords: authorship; publication ethics

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Health Promotion, School of Family and Consumer Sciences, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green OH. 2: Department of Public and Community Health, University of Maryland, College Park, MD. 3: Florida Prevention Research Center, University of South Florida College of Public Health, Tampa FL.

Publication date: November 1, 2005

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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