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Getting Published Guide

A guide to manuscript publication for UCF COM faculty, students, and staff.

Authorship Requirements and Roles


  • Once you have your team assembled you need to establish authorship, roles and responsibilities. Authors should conform to the ICJME standards for authorship based on the following 4 criteria:
    • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
    • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
    • Final approval of the version to be published; AND
    • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.
  • In addition to being accountable for the parts of the work the author has done, an author should be able to identify which co-authors are responsible for specific other parts of the work. In addition, authors should have confidence in the integrity of the contributions of their co-authors.

Order of Authors

  • The order of the authors list should be agreed upon prior to writing a manuscript.
  • The first author is the lead author.
  • Second author can be a co-leader, though some journals do not accept co-first authorship, check with the journal.
  • The last author is the faculty mentor. 

Author Roles

  • Students are encouraged to be the submitting author, to gain experience with the publishing process. However, faculty mentors should be the corresponding author after publication, as students contact information will soon change.
  • Each person's roles and responsibilities should be clearly defined and agreed upon prior to any work be conducted.