All authors listed on submissions to Veterinary Evidence must meet the following four criteria recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE):
More information can be accessed on the ICMJE website.
Where all criteria are not met, contributors should be acknowledged in an acknowledgements section at the end of the main text.
All Veterinary Evidence submission templates outline these criteria. It is the corresponding authors responsibility to confirm authorship and the author order prior to submission.
Adding, removing or changing the author order
The editorial office must be made aware of any changes to the author list prior to acceptance. The corresponding author must contact the editorial office and state why the change is taking place and provide written confirmation from all authors, including the author(s) being added/removed, that they agree with the change. The corresponding author must also confirm that all authors meet the four ICMJE criteria detailed above. Changes to authorship cannot be made after acceptance of a manuscript.
In the case of author disputes Veterinary Evidence will follow guidance provided by the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE) and refer the authors to their institution in order for the institution to reach a resolution.