Recently, I had a series of tweets related to authorship order and corresponding authorship practices in ecology. There was a ton of follow up discussion on twitter, and it’s clear that there’s a lot of interest in and confusion about this topic. The goal of this post is to do a poll to collect data on current views on authorship practices in ecology. I’ll follow up with a post summarizing the results and giving my thoughts on the topic.
Update April 21st: The poll is now closed.
Note added April 6th: There have been a few questions about the first few questions in the poll, regarding what is meant by “senior author”. By that, I mean the person who runs the lab (that is, the PI).
Note added April 7th: based on twitter reports, it sounds like sometimes the poll isn’t displaying the buttons correctly (perhaps only on Chrome). You can still select those options, though, as shown in this very handy gif made by Kara Woo:
Here’s the poll, which I’ll run for two weeks. It should only take a few minutes to fill out:
In case that poll doesn’t show properly, you can fill it out by clicking on this link.
Many thanks to Alex Bond, Linda Campbell, Kathy Cottingham, and Andrea Kirkwood for providing feedback on the survey questions!