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The University's Authorship Policy adopts the principles embodied in the Australian Code for the responsible Conduct of Research for the attribution of authorship in research publications.

To be an author, it is essential to have made a substantial scholarly contribution to the published work. While specific practices may differ from discipline to discipline, there are a number of overarching ethical principles and procedures to which all researchers are expected to adhere.

The Authorship Policy sets out formal procedures to assist researchers to determine the appropriate authorship of papers and to minimise potential disputes over authorship issues.

It is advisable to discuss and agree upon the matter of authorship/co-authorship with your supervisors in the early stages of your research project and to revisit the issue as necessary throughout candidature to avoid any misunderstanding that may delay the completion of your research project or publication(s).

In many research projects a number of participants are involved, each undertaking different tasks: it is acceptable in such circumstances for you to use the data/information derived collectively for publication(s) provided that each person's contribution is duly acknowledged.

In recognition of the fact that your supervisors contribute to the development of your research by providing direction and guidance and by contributing ideas, it is normally appropriate that they be named as co-authors in publications, providing that each has made a substantial contribution to at least two of the following three activities:

  • conception and design of the project;
  • analysis and interpretation of data;
  • drafting significant parts of the article or critically revising it so as to contribute to the interpretation

Further information about determining authorship and resolving any disputes, is available in the Authorship Policy. See also the relevant section of the 'Responsible Conduct of Research Policy' and the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.

The Statement of Authorship

Many students now elect to submit their thesis for examination in publication format. Further information about this option appears in the thesis section of the Handbook. Each publication included in a thesis, whether, published, accepted for publication, submitted or unpublished and un-submitted work written in a manuscript style must be prefaced by its own Statement of Authorship.

The purpose of the Statement of Authorship is two-fold.  Firstly, it provides thesis examiners with information about each author's contribution (in terms of the conceptualisation of the work, its realisation and its documentation) and secondly, it secures the written permission of all co-authors for the paper to be included in the thesis, whilst confirming they agree with your stated contribution.

If you are considering submitting your thesis in publication or combination format, you can avoid delays in the submission of your thesis for examination by ensuring that you prepare a Statement of Authorship for each publication to be included in the thesis as you write it. 

The Statement of Authorship template, together with a model example, is available online.


The Importance of Acknowledging the University of Adelaide and Funding Contributors in Research Publications

Research publications are very important to the University; the more publications our staff and students generate, the more funding we receive to support research activities and research training at the University. Consequently, it is vital that you acknowledge the University of Adelaide, in the form of a by-line, in your publications whether you are a sole or co-author, staff member or student, and regardless of whether the publication is in print or digital format. This also applies after you have left the University, where the publication is a result of your research at the University of Adelaide.

Similarly, researchers must acknowledge all other funding contributors.

Under the Research Training Program (RTP), there is a legislative requirement that RTP funded students acknowledge the Australian Government’s support in any published materials related to their HDR both during and after completion.

Materials include:

  • your thesis
  • refereed journal articles
  • refereed conference papers;
  • research books or chapters; and
  • all forms of publication and performance in the areas of creative practice, including exhibitions, concerts and recordings and their associated publications such as catalogues, programs and sleeve notes.

The acknowledgement must include the mention of your support through an “Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship”.

For further information please consult the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and in particular, refer to Section 4 Publication and dissemination of research findings and Section 5 Authorship

Open Research and Contributor ID (ORCID)

An ORCID is a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher, throughout your career.  All researchers at the University of Adelaide, including research students are required to obtain an ORCID and to link their ORCiD number to Aurora, the University's web-based system for capturing and reporting research publications and outputs. 

By cataloguing your publications in Aurora as you progress through candidature, you will help to ensure that the University can accurately report its publication outputs during the annual Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) and Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) research performance exercises and therefore to maximise the University’s funding from Government sources.

In addition to benefiting the University, Aurora offers a number of features to support researchers at the University of Adelaide, most notably streamlined, and in many cases, automated publications data entry that will enable you to easily compile all your publications in one place and benefit from an easy export option that will assist you in the creation of publication lists for CVs, grants and future promotion applications.

For further information on how to Register for an ORCID

For further information about Aurora and managing your research publications.


Researcher Profiles

All researchers at the University including HDR students can create a Researcher Profile to increase the visibility of themselves and their research.

Find your profile using the following URL details, Hint: firstname.lastname combination is the same as your UofA email.

Your Researcher Profile will leverage core information captured in Aurora and automatically transfer/update this information to the new profile webpages for researchers.

Researchers are encouraged to ensure all of their information is up-to-date in Aurora. This includes a photo, bio, qualifications, academic appointments, external website links and your publications. For further information and guidance, please refer to the research profiles website.


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