Joshua Habgood-Coote
University of Bristol
How can we work out who should be listed as the author of a paper? This paper aims to untangle this question, considering the different functions played by authorship attributions, and considering how these functions can best be met. The first part of the paper distinguishes five functions of authorship attributions: allocating credit, constructing a speaker, enabling credibility judgements, supporting accountability, and creating an intellectual market. The second part of the paper argues that these functions are in tension, giving different predictions about who should be an author. The third part of the paper gives a revisionary proposal, which does away with authorship, replacing it with a set of statuses tailored to the different functions of authorship.
Keywords authorship  social epistemology
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