Authorship Criteria

All authors should meet these four ICMJE criteria for authorship:

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work.
  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content.
  • Final approval of the version to be published.
  • 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.

An author must 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 every other co-author.


APP includes only one corresponding author per article to avoid all sorts of miscommunication while the rest can be mentioned in the author list.

Prepublication responsibilities:

All sorts of communication with the journal regarding manuscript submission and publication process are the primary responsibility of the Corresponding Author. The corresponding author must ensure that all authors are included in the authors list before manuscript submission, moreover h/she should verify whether all authors are satisfied and agreeing on one common sequence of the authors list. It must be verified by the corresponding author that all the journal’s administrative requirements are met and the manuscript that the manuscript is not previously published elsewhere.

Responsibilities after acceptance:

After the rounds of review and editing the final copy proof is sent to the corresponding author, it is now his/her responsibility to circulate the copy proof among other co-authors and further correspond with the journal on their be-half.  Any request for a change after publication will not be considered, for the mistakes that were previously approved by the authors in the copy proof. The corresponding author is responsible for the accuracy of all the names, correct spellings, addresses and affiliations are current of all the co-authors.

Responsibilities after publication:

Any published correction requires the consent of all co-authors. In cases where one or some authors do not agree with the correction statement, the coordinating author must include a statement highlighting correspondence to and from the dissenting author(s).


According to the journal criteria the contributors of the study whose names are not given in the authors list should be mentioned in the acknowledgment section at the end of the manuscript with details of the contribution made the specific person.

Alteration to authorship or contributorship

Only in exceptional circumstances, the Editor consider the request for a change after the manuscript has been accepted. Publication of the respective manuscript will be suspended for a while. If the change is requested after manuscript has been published APP follows COPE guidelines for Changes in authorship.