Authorship Issues in Undergraduate Research

student-typingIf you are working with undergraduate researchers on presentations and publications, you will need to have conversations with them about issues such as when they are co-authors versus acknowledged in the manuscript/presentation and the order of authorship. Below are some resources that might be useful as you have these conversations:

  • The Council on Undergraduate Research's flagship journal, Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research (SPUR), has addressed student authorship issues in their Authorship Policy:
  • Fine and Kurdek (1993) discuss these issues and present case studies in their article entitled, "Reflections on determining authorship credit and authorship order on faculty-student collaborations." Although the paper is geared toward psychology, the issues are relevant to all disciplines. 
  • Mauer (2017) proposes guidelines regarding how best to determine authorship issues when collaborating with students, particularly on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) projects.