In scientific research, there are often numerous contributors on papers and studies, especially in the university setting where undergraduate and graduate students provide assistance. Some projects involve multiple institutions, increasing the number of collaborators even further. With so many people assisting a project, it can be difficult to know how to assign the authorship. That is why there are certain rules and guidelines to authorship that every scientist should know.
Guidelines for Scientific Authorship
Although there are conventions of scientific authorship, and at times specific guidelines for submission, there is no clear-cut, universal protocol for the inclusion and order of the authors.