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Authorship Principles for Group Attribution of Contributions

We are honoured by your participation in this exercise and would like to publicly acknowledge everyone’s contributions. We will publicly list (consenting) individual participants who provide input (process development feedback, buzz board exchanges and prioritization questionnaire responses) in this research agenda-setting exercise as contributors to the research. Participants consent as they register to the buzzboard. This group will be attributed as contributors in publications as the Gender and COVID-19 Research Agenda-Setting Participants


Individual authorship & acknowledgements

With regards to authorship, we will follow ICMJE recommendations, that is, authorship will be based on all of the following 4 criteria:

  1. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work;

  2. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content;

  3. Final approval of the version to be published;

  4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.


Draft reports will be shared by thematic coordinators with buzzboard participants who have contributed. Colleagues that review outputs and are not part of all of these steps will be included in acknowledgements. Lead authors in consultation with the steering committee


will make final decisions as to who meets the criteria of author1 verses acknowledged reviewer based on the ICMJE recommendations.


Ethical and Data Governance Principles

As listed in the research protocol, we follow feminist research values and a decolonizing focus to guide the research agenda-setting process. Our work is governed by our formal UNU Ethics Institutional Review Board submission, the communication channels listed including those of independent advisory board members, and netiquette principles for participant interaction on our buzzboard project information page.


While we encourage participant analysis and curation of content that is transparent and participatory, as part of setting up a safe space on the discussion board, participant responses and exchanges shared cannot be reposted beyond the discussion board or used in any way except for those approved by the steering committee. A team approach to developing outputs will be coordinated and posted on the thematic group threads- Evolving Draft Summary Report.


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Further reading: Allen L, O’Connell A, Kiermer V. How can we ensure visibility and diversity in research contributions? How the Contributor Role Taxonomy (CRediT) is helping the shift from authorship to contributorship. Learned Publishing 2019; 32: 71–4.


COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics)


Defining the Role of Authors and ContributorsInternational Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals


Internet Research Ethics

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