Ghostwriting and guest authorship

In order to manage the journal in agreement with the principles of truthfulness, honesty, and transparency respected in the academic community, the Editors of Tabularii Historiae introduced protective conditions against the phenomena of ghostwriting and guest authorship. We deal with ghostwriting when someone contributes significantly in writing yet his input is neither revealed as one of the authors nor notified in proper acknowledgments. The guest authorship (honorary authorship) occurs when a person’s contribution to work is minuscule or none at all yet she/he appears as an author or a co-author. In order to avoid such incidents the Editors introduced the following procedures:

  1. The Authors have to sign a written declaration concerning the co-authorship in their work.
  2. The co-authors are supposed to indicate the percentage of their individual contributions.
  3. The Authors provide information concerning their affiliations and contributions (ie, who is the originator of the assumptions, methods, etc. used in preparing the work.
  4. The Authors are obliged to inform about the financial sources of research (financial disclosure).
  5. By signing the declaration the Authors take responsibility to obey the procedures preventing ghostwriting and guest authorship.

The form of the declaration can be found on the Tabularii Historiae website. The Editors emphasize that all revealed cases of dishonesty would result in the rejection of publication in any phase of preparation. The institutions employing the authors as well as any agents contributing to the article would be also informed. The Editors document any cases of dishonesty concerning titles, authors, and institutions employing and financing them.