Authorship protocols must change to credit citizen scientists

Georgia Ward-Fear*, Gregory B. Pauly, Jann E. Vendetti, Richard Shine

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The sociopolitical nature of research is changing and so must our protocols for authorship. Citizen scientists are often excluded from authorship because they cannot meet rigid journal criteria. To address this, we propose a new concept: allowing nonprofessional scientists to be credited as authors under a collective identity (‘group coauthorship’).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-190
Number of pages4
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020


  • citizen science
  • community science
  • group coauthorship
  • research ethics
  • traditional ecological knowledge

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