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October 27-28, 2022

Big Team Science Conference

2022 Big Team Science Conference, hosted virtually October 27-28 Conference Website

April 29, 2022 10-11:30am PT on Zoom

Panel: Authorship challenges in big team science

The rise of big team science (Coles et al., 2022) has vitalized conversations about how scientific contributions are recognized and rewarded. For example, what constitutes authorship in science? Perspectives on this issue vary both within and between individual researchers, scientific organizations, publishers, and science stakeholders. For example, some groups have developed models that distinguish between (a) author vs. non-author contributions, (b) individual vs. group contributions, and so on (Council of Science Editors, 2006). Others have endorsed models that do not make such distinctions and instead include taxonomies for describing the nature of researchers’ contributions (Allen, Brand, Scott, Altman, & Hlava, 2014; Holcombe, 2019; Moshontz et al., 2018).

This panel will bring together diverse perspectives to discuss various authorship challenges in big team science. This will include (1) decisions about consortium vs. non-consortium authorship, (2) handling authorship disputes, (3) collaboration agreements, (4) acknowledging diverse contributions, and (5) navigating differences in authorship standards. Attendees will also be encouraged to bring their own questions and contribute to the conversation.


Moderated by Heidi Baumgartner, executive director of ManyBabies (MB)

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Email the organizers: Heidi Baumgartner, Nicholas Coles

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