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Group and Collaborative Authorship 

Ethical and Legal Considerations

Annette Flanagin

Group or collaborative authorship usually involves multicenter study investigators, members of working groups, and official or self-appointed expert boards, panels, or committees. Such group-author papers are also referred to as collaborative, corporate, and collective author papers. These groups can comprise hundreds of participants and often represent complex, multidisciplinary collaborations, and therefore, decisions about listing group authorship pose several problems and dilemmas for authors, editors, journals, librarians, and bibliographic databases (see , Abbreviations, Collaborative Groups, and , Manuscript Preparation, Bylines and End-of-Text Signatures, Multiple Authors, Group Authors). Large trials and studies are often best known and frequently referred to by their

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