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Understanding academic authorship webinar


Authorship and publication credit is the currency system of research and academic community, with both positive and negative implications. When does somebody qualify to be listed as an author or co-author of a scholarly publication? Bodies such as the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Council of Science Editors (CSE) and various disciplinary groups or journals have developed criteria for authorship. However, the fact that these criteria have been articulated does not mean that they are always met in practice. Due to the relentless pressure to publish (enhanced by research incentive schemes), instances of questionable authorship practices are often reported. It is crucially important for postgraduate students to be aware of these issues.​

Webinar outcomes:​

  • Explain the criteria that are used to determine authorship and the how these criteria are sometimes violated with questionable authorship practices​​.
  • Describe features and findings of research on scholarship principles, practices and its implications.
  • Describe and apply the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and authorship, with particular reference to co-authorship between graduate student and supervisors.​


This workshop opportunity is funded by the Postgraduate Office.​​ There is no cost involved for registered SU postgraduates who sign up and attend, however, in the case of late cancellations or non-attendance, applicants will be responsible for the full workshop fee since late cancellations and non-attendance have considerable cost implications for our office.  

Target audience

SU Master's and doctoral candidates primarily. 

Contact and booking details

Please note that we will confirm your successful registration on receipt. Booking is essential and places are limited. Participants must be available to attend the live sessions on the day. 

Online course format

Half-day webinar: Mini-lecture sessions with interactive virtual discussions between facilitator and participants, and engaged practical sessions/activities and feedback in between the live sessions.​ 
Time: 14:00-17:00 

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The Postgraduate Skills Development Programme reserves the right to move a workshop forward or cancel it if there is not enough interest. Registrations close five days prior to the workshop. 
For enquiries please email pgskills@sun.ac.za.