A policy toolkit for authorship and dissemination policies may benefit NIH research consortia

Linda Brubaker, Jesse Nodora, Tamara Bavendam, John Connett, Amy M. Claussen, Cora E. Lewis, Kyle Rudser, Siobhan Sutcliffe, Jean F. Wyman, Janis M. Miller

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Authorship and dissemination policies vary across NIH research consortia. We aimed to describe elements of real-life policies in use by eligible U01 clinical research consortia. Principal investigators of eligible, active U01 clinical research projects identified in the NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools database shared relevant policies. The characteristics of key policy elements, determined a priori, were reviewed and quantified, when appropriate. Twenty one of 81 research projects met search criteria and provided policies. K elements (e.g., in quotations): “manuscript proposals reviewed and approved by committee” (90%); “guidelines for acknowledgements” (86%); “writing team formation” (71%); “process for final manuscript review and approval” (71%), “responsibilities for lead author” (67%), “guidelines for other types of publications” (67%); “draft manuscript review and approval” (62%); “recommendation for number of members per consortium site” (57%); and “requirement to identify individual contributions in the manuscript” (19%). Authorship/dissemination policies for large team science research projects are highly variable. Creation of an NIH policies repository and accompanying toolkit with model language and recommended key elements could improve comprehensiveness, ethical integrity, and efficiency in team science work while reducing burden and cost on newly funded consortia and directing time and resources to scientific endeavors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)222-240
Number of pages19
JournalAccountability in Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2024


  • Author contributions
  • author responsibilities
  • corporate authorship
  • external authorship
  • guidelines
  • publication duplication
  • writing teams


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