Updated: October 2018

SELCoH publication policy

The SELCoH steering group has discussed authorship of papers coming out of SELCoH. We are keen to ensure that there is a fair and transparent system to ensure that researchers are given the recognition they deserve.

Steering group members: Matthew Hotopf, Stephani Hatch, Shirlee MacCrimmon, Billy Gazard and Lisa Aschan

1. Authors must complete this application with all the information requested. Submissions will be reviewed by the steering group to prevent substantial overlap on publications.
2. For any data request, the expectation is that it is going to be published. If there is no progress, the SELCoH team reserves the right to take over the process and publish the article.
3. Authors must have made a substantial contribution to the paper. Data collection does not in and of itself qualify for authorship, nor does being on the study steering committee. However, Matthew Hotopf and Stephani Hatch, being co-Principal Investigators on the study, will expect to be authors on all publications coming out of the study, although this arrangement will be reviewed after 2 years from the date above. All authors are expected to provide detailed comments on drafts within an agreed timeframe.
4. The first author will be responsible for writing the paper and usually have done much of the analysis. Please refer to the SELCoH website for references on the methodologies used for SELCoH and published articles from the SELCoH study. 


5. Where possible, authorship for each paper should be decided in advance. However, if the quality of the first draft is inadequate, it could be sent back to the steering group for re-evaluation. 

6. The last author will be the senior investigator for that paper who supervises the write up.
7. It is possible to share senior authorship and first authorship, and this should be done if it is the fairest way to acknowledge the contribution of two or more individuals.
8. Other authors will be listed alphabetically, unless someone has made a significant input (e.g. conducted substantial data analysis) and should be listed second.
9. The first author is responsible for updating the data manager on the progress of their work as requested.
10. The first author has to let the data manager know when they receive an email from the journal with the link to the final version of the paper. On receipt of this email the data manager will make sure a lay summary of the paper is added to the SELCoH website, to be updated with a link to the published paper when available.
11. The first author should send the final version of the publication to the data manager to be saved in the shared folder.
12. Field-workers are to be encouraged to take an active role in the write up of papers, and gain authorship in their own right.
13. Authors should make sure to give the proper acknowledgement to BRC (see the appendix).

Matthew Hotopf
Professor of General Hospital Psychiatry
King's College London
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
16 De Crespigny Park


This paper represents independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London. These funders had no involvement in study design, data collection, analysis or the decision to submit for publication. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.