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How to navigate authorship of scientific manuscripts

The importance of publications won’t come as news to anyone who has been in academia for a while. Still, Rolfs’s comments underscore the importance of not just doing good science, but also ensuring you receive appropriate recognition for it—particularly when it comes to authorship.

For early-career researchers, in particular, it can be difficult to assess what contributions to a project warrant authorship, and negotiating a fair spot on the author list may feel like walking a tightrope. But, Rolfs emphasizes, because there is a snowball effect whereby “academia rewards those that have been rewarded in the past … getting credit for contributions could not be more important for early-career researchers.”