Criteria for Authorship and Contributorship

The Journal of Sports Research and Innovation (JSRI) upholds the following criteria for authorship and contributorship to ensure transparency, fairness, and appropriate credit attribution in scholarly publications:

1. Authorship Criteria:

a. Substantial Contribution: Authors must have made substantial contributions to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported research. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content.

b. Drafting or Revising the Manuscript: Authors are involved in drafting or critically revising the manuscript for intellectual content, ensuring its accuracy and coherence.

c. Final Approval: All authors must have reviewed and approved the final version of the manuscript before submission for publication.

2. Contributorship Roles:

a. First Author: The first author is typically the individual who made the most significant contributions to the research project, including conception, design, and execution. They often play a leading role in drafting the manuscript and coordinating the research effort.

b. Co-Authors: Co-authors are individuals who have made substantial contributions to the research project but may not necessarily fulfill all criteria for authorship. They may contribute to data collection, analysis, interpretation, or critical review of the manuscript.

c. Corresponding Author: The corresponding author serves as the primary point of contact for editorial correspondence and inquiries regarding the manuscript. They are responsible for ensuring that all authors have approved the final version of the manuscript and for handling communications with the journal during the submission and review process.

3. Criteria for Acknowledgments:

a. Individuals or organizations that have provided assistance, resources, or funding for the research project but do not meet the criteria for authorship may be acknowledged in the manuscript.

b. Contributions such as technical assistance, data analysis, administrative support, or funding acquisition should be acknowledged appropriately.

4. Authorship Disputes:

a. Authorship disputes, disagreements, or concerns regarding eligibility for authorship should be resolved through open and transparent communication among the parties involved.

b. If authorship disputes cannot be resolved amicably, the journal may request documentation or evidence of contributions from each party to inform its decision.

5. Compliance with Authorship Guidelines:

a. Authors should adhere to the authorship criteria outlined in this policy and guidelines provided by relevant professional organizations (e.g., International Committee of Medical Journal Editors – ICMJE).

b. Any deviations from these criteria should be justified and explained transparently in the manuscript.

By adhering to these criteria for authorship and contributorship, JSRI aims to ensure fairness, accountability, and appropriate recognition of individuals’ contributions to scholarly research.

Note: This policy is subject to periodic review and updates to reflect evolving best practices and ethical standards in scholarly publishing.