UK research integrity office: Authorship
To provide guidelines on good practice in the authorship of research publications. The guidance covers issues relevant to all disciplines of research but does not put forward a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach
Correct authorship of research publications matters because authorship confers credit, carries responsibility, and readers should know who has done the research. Denying authorship to somebody who deserves it denies recognition and academic credit since publications are used to assess academic productivity. Including an undeserving author is unfair since this person gets credit for work they have not done. Omitting a deserving author from an author also list misleads readers (including journal editors) and may mask conflicts of interest.
Reference of the resource
Good practice in research: Authorship, UK Research Integrity Office, 2017.