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Invited Commentary: What Can We Infer from Author Order in Epidemiology?

Citation

Savitz, David A. (1999). Invited Commentary: What Can We Infer from Author Order in Epidemiology?. American Journal of Epidemiology, 149(5), 401-3.

Abstract

In a thoughtful Journal essay on molecular epidemiology, Ambrosone and Kadlubar (1) offered a number of useful recommendations for enhancing communication between laboratory scientists and epidemiologists. Ironically, one suggestion reveals the authors' grounding in a firmly established tradition of laboratory science: "Authorship should be discussed and agreed upon at the beginning of a collaboration. One approach taken by an interdisciplinary research group is an agreement that when an individual from one group is first author, a researcher from the other group will be last author, with a footnote that the project was a collaborative effort with equal input from both groups" (1, pp. 916-17). In this case, information about the nature of the collaboration is encrypted in the sequence of authors, obvious to some readers and certain to be misunderstood by others.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.aje.a009826

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

American Journal of Epidemiology

Author(s)

Savitz, David A.

Year Published

1999

Volume Number

149

Issue Number

5

Pages

401-3

Reference ID

1410