The Author Who Wasn't There? Fairness and Attribution in Publications Following Access to Population Biobanks

PLoS ONE 13(3), March 2018, DOI/10.1371/journal.pone.0194997

13 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2018

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Erika Kleiderman

McGill University - Centre for Genomics and Policy

Amy Pack

McGill University - Centre for Genomics and Policy

Pascal Borry

KU Leuven; VU University Medical Center

Ma'n H. Zawati

McGill University - Centre of Genomics and Policy

Date Written: March 23, 2018

Abstract

We conducted a document analysis that explored publication ethics and authorship in the context of population biobanks from both a theoretical (e.g. normative documents) and practical (e.g. biobank-specific documentation) perspective. The aim was to provide an overview of the state of authorship attribution in population biobanks and attempt to fill the gap in discussions around the issue. Our findings demonstrate that the most common approach adopted in both the normative and biobank-specific documentation is acknowledgment. A co-authorship approach was second and highlighted concerns surrounding the fairness of imposing authorship of the scientific leadership as a condition to access data and biosamples, as well as the alignment with the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors’ criteria such as what is deemed a significant contribution and how to ensure accountability. Based on these findings, we propose a three-prong approach, that may be cumulative, to address the issue of authorship attribution in the context of population biobanks, namely 1) the biobank should be appropriately acknowledged; 2) an invitation for co-authorship should be made based on the spirit of collaboration and provided a substantial contribution has been made; and 3) a citation/referencing option should be available.

Keywords: Author, Fairness, Attribution, Access to Population Biobanks

Suggested Citation

Kleiderman, Erika and Pack, Amy and Borry, Pascal and Zawati, Ma'n H., The Author Who Wasn't There? Fairness and Attribution in Publications Following Access to Population Biobanks (March 23, 2018). PLoS ONE 13(3), March 2018, DOI/10.1371/journal.pone.0194997, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3152483

Erika Kleiderman

McGill University - Centre for Genomics and Policy ( email )

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Amy Pack

McGill University - Centre for Genomics and Policy

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Pascal Borry

KU Leuven ( email )

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VU University Medical Center ( email )

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Ma'n H. Zawati (Contact Author)

McGill University - Centre of Genomics and Policy ( email )

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Canada

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