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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