Authorship Policy

Authorship confers credit and implies responsibilities and accountabilities for the published manuscripts. The contributors who have substantial intellectual contribution must be given credit for their work as authors.

The JLJ recommends that the authors must fulfill the given criteria for authorship, i.e., the authors must have:

  • made significant contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work
  • Contributed to the drafting of the work or its revision/criticism etc.
  • provided their approval of the version to be published
  • agreed to be responsible/accountable for all the portions/aspects of the work in ensuring that any questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved
  • agreed to be named on the author list, and approved of the full author list and their assigned role
  • Contributors who meet some but not all of the mentioned criteria may be acknowledged in the publication but should not appear on the author’s list.

Acknowledgments should include the sources of funding, supervision of the research groups, administrative support, language editing and proofreading, etc. The corresponding author should obtain permission from all those being acknowledged, as sometimes being named might constitute an endorsement of the publication and/or its contents.

An author must also be able to identify the potential co-authors giving them order according to their contribution.

Corresponding author must also be nominated for the purpose of active communication. He must be available for correspondence throughout the process of submission and peer review till publication.

It is worth mentioning that when a submission is uploaded to our systems, the author list needs to be final and correct, as the author lists with incorrect information can mislead the readers and cause confusions about any responsibility or as for that matter, accountability for the published article. All authors listed must have given prior approval to have their name attributed to the file(s) being submitted and should agree to the publication. The corresponding author(s) must ensure that all the authors qualify for and have agreed to the authorship. They are responsible for informing all the co-authors of any relevant editorial information throughout the review process.

A clear and justifiable reason(s) to change the author list after submission will be required before an editor or the publisher will consider such a change, post-submission. Authors should ensure that all these guidelines are followed during the submission process.